Christian Coon

Christian Coon is one of the lead pastors of Urban Village Church in Chicago. He blogs at Crammed with heaven and is the author of Failing Boldly: How Falling Down in Ministry Can Be the Start of Rising Up.

When I, along with a friend and colleague, started planting a new church in Chicago about five years ago, we had lots of ideas about how to do church, but one thing was certain: we wanted to do church differently. Lots of church planters have the same mission. We told other existing churches that we weren’t in competition with them—we wanted to attract people who, for whatever reason, would never set foot in a narthex. In other words, we didn’t want our church to be too. . . . churchy.
July 24, 2014