The Challenge of Irrelevance

May 27th, 2011

This is the sixth in Ministry Matters' new video series featuring pastors and ministry leaders across America. Check back next week to see featured video of Greg Surratt, lead pastor of multisite pioneer Seacoast Church. 

Martin Thielen is pastor of Brentwood United Methodist Church, just south of Nashville, Tennessee. Martin’s most recent book is “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” A Guide to What Matters Most. Complete information about the book, including a free Leader’s Guide for leading a seven-week congregation-wide initiative based on the book, can be found at Many of his sermons are available on his preaching and worship Web site,

Here, Martin talks about cultural challenges to the church and why we risk becoming irrelevant.



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And on a more humorous note, check out what Martin does with the time he saves using Ministry Matters.

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