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Tim Lucas: This Is What Millennials and Gen Z Want in a Church

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Tim Lucas is the founder and lead pastor of Liquid Church in New Jersey. The church has baptized 2,400 people to date, and Outreach magazine has named Liquid Church one of America’s 100 fastest-growing churches. Tim’s new book is called Liquid Church: 6 Powerful Currents to Saturate Your City for Christ. In it, he shares biblical principles for filling your city with the hope of Jesus. Tim and his wife Colleen have two children and love traveling together as a family.

Key Questions for Tim Lucas

-What is Liquid Church all about and what has your journey been like?

-Could you explain the “saturation strategy” that you have?

-What it was like for other churches that had plateaued to see your church growth strategy and ask to be part of your ministry?

-What are the six ministry “currents” you have identified?

Key Quotes from Tim Lucas

“Jesus calls Himself the living water, and so we really believe church should be refreshing.”

“[Ezekiel 47] is this amazing, very inspiring picture, I think, of the New Testament church flowing freshly in the power of the Holy Spirit. But what’s fascinating to me is, that the farther away God’s Spirit, the river, flows from the church, the deeper it gets.”

“The deepest ministry will come when you flow with the Holy Spirit, taking the living water of Jesus Christ, the gospel, to the people who are farthest from Him.”

“Attempt something only so big that unless God shows up, it’s bound to fail.”

“We made a lot of mistakes along the way.”

“The vision of Liquid Church is to saturate our state with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“People talk about church growth, but much of it is just church swelling. We’re not really fishing for men and women, we’re kind of keepers of the aquarium.”

“What we’re seeing real traction with now at our campuses is with Millennials and Gen Z, and so much of it we’re finding really comes from reversing the evangelism paradigm.” 

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye