Church and Main

Church and Main

At the Intersection of Religion and Public Life

Church and Main is a religion and public affairs podcast. We look at where religion intersects with 21st-century public life with a focus on the story of Mainline Protestantism, its problems, its strengths, and its future. Join Pastor Dennis Sanders on the journey.

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Episode 119: Church in the Time of TikTok
November 28, 202200:16:4523 MB

Episode 119: Church in the Time of TikTok

So, I’ve been doing these videos of about 5-7 minutes called the Weekly Check-in. I have no idea if people are really interested in them, but I like doing them and I wanted to share a few for the podcast. I want to set up this episode which is called Church in the time of TikTok. As you know I’ve b...

Episode 118: Paul VanderKlay on LGBTQ Issues in the Christian Reformed Church
November 28, 202201:13:49101.37 MB

Episode 118: Paul VanderKlay on LGBTQ Issues in the Christian Reformed Church

Over the last 20 years or so most of the mainline Protestant denominations have ended their controversies on the role of LGBTQ people in the life of the church. The arguments usually ended with the denominations voting in favor of gay clergy and allowing for gay marriages and conservatives in each ...

Episode 117: Camp Ministry with Jared Rendell
November 22, 202200:59:1281.3 MB

Episode 117: Camp Ministry with Jared Rendell

There is evidence out there that kids feel the impact of church camps long after the campfires go out. According to the Effective Camp Research Project, a survey of 1000 campers and 300 parents showed that while there is a temporary “camp high” there are positive long-term effects as well including...

Episode 116: The Church Transforming with Alex Ruth
November 07, 202201:13:43101.23 MB

Episode 116: The Church Transforming with Alex Ruth

I first met our guest today out of the blue on Facebook about four years ago. I was looking for some leadership coaching for the congregation I serve and he offered to help and help he surely did. Alex Ruth has been a congregational leader for years. In 2021 he was called to become the Associate Re...

Episode 115: The Once and Future United Methodist Church with Drew McIntyre and Ben Gosden
October 24, 202201:21:04111.32 MB

Episode 115: The Once and Future United Methodist Church with Drew McIntyre and Ben Gosden

Today, we will talk about what’s going on United Methodist Church, how it got to this point that's it's splitting in two and what is the future of the church. I’m talking with not one, but two guests. Drew McIntryre is a frequent guest on Church and Main and is the pastor of Grace United Methodist ...

Episode 114: The Digital Church with Jim Keat
October 04, 202200:55:0375.6 MB

Episode 114: The Digital Church with Jim Keat

In the wake of the 2020 COVID pandemic, churches were forced into the digital frontier whether they liked it or not. But now what? In this episode, I talk to Rev. Jim Keat the Digital Minister at Riverside Church in New York City about the importance of reaching out to those people living across to...

Episode 113: The Rise of Deacons with Nina Joygaard
September 26, 2022
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01:04:36118.32 MB

Episode 113: The Rise of Deacons with Nina Joygaard

Let's learn about being a deacon.

Episode 112: Sabbath-Keeping for Congregations with Kara Root
September 12, 2022
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01:17:22141.7 MB

Episode 112: Sabbath-Keeping for Congregations with Kara Root

How practicing sabbath can change a congregation and a culture.