Leaders Under 30-Brennan Loveless

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Today we feature a good friend (all the way back to 8th grade) of mine Brennan Loveless.
We talk ministry, life, and all things leadership.


Respond to the interview and this question in the comment stream:
What is God teaching you right now?

You can find Brennan:
On twitter here
On his blog here
At his church here

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://twitter.com/scottjclayton Scott Clayton

    Brennan,

    I'd agree that we'll see the “conversational” style of preaching happen, but I'm not so sure this is a good thing. The very first “pastors” were men yelling about the gospel (preaching to them). This has continued to be a sustainable way to declare the truth of Scripture. Don't you think too many people are coddled and not called out to live in a way that is holy and set apart?

    I'm curious, not necessarily wanting to start an argument, just wondered what you guys thought.

    Scotty

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Scott, I think you have a point here inside of the idea that people are being coddled, but where I think the problem falls is under the attitude of the service. I talked about this idea a little while back and called it the wow factor: http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com/the-wow-factor-

      I think we have really gotten caught up in entertaining and blowing peoples minds in a way that gets them to come back and not blowing peoples minds in the way of sharing the gospel of Christ.
      What I always have to remind myself is that people are at different points in life. I am with you, I want to be pretty straight forward and blunt, but I am realizing more that it just makes me sound bitter and judgemental. There has to be some standards, but I think the conversation (as long as it is a moving conversation towards the direction of living a holy life) is a good place to start.

    • Chad Smith

      Scott, I think there are good ways and bad ways to be conversational…as there are good ways and bad ways of being strictly propositional. My take on the conversational side is that there is an opportunity to engage the minds of an audience by asking questions, using metaphor and analogy and speaking more extemporaneously. This doesn't come at a price of not being direct, because as you know people can be very direct in conversation.

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  • http://brennanloveless.posterous.com/ Brennan Loveless

    Scooter,

    I agree that there are many people who are coddled and are not continuously called to pursue holiness or sanctification, if you will. I think this “coddling” is often conveyed in it's best manner with people or pastors who have made the phrase or style of “conversational teaching” a church-pop-culture term or format. i hope that you (whoever is stumbling upon this comment or post) will not confuse what i'm saying with watering down the Gospel in order to make friends with everyone.

    I think that we can communicate to people in a way that makes them feel an overall love when they walk into our churches (as it is the second greatest commandment), and invite them to be apart of the family of God while challenging them to change their lives. Let's not forget the view that (especially) Americans have about the Church as a whole. I really do think that we need to meet people where they're at and call them to live a holy life and i think that part of that means that we join them in that journey. I think the opposite when i hear someone from the pulpit sounding like they've already “arrived” at holiness.

    And trust me, i've heard that a lot. i would never go into details on a public forum but i think we've all heard someone preach like that. And so, i prefer giving people the honest Gospel (which let's not be mistaken, still is offensive to all of us in certain ways, believer or not) in a way that says, we're all pursuing God together.

    I think there is definitely a breakdown in what comes to our mind when we use phrases like “preached to” or “conversational.” i think it depends on the experiences that are conjured up in our minds when we hear those terms. But regardless, i think we all agree on the fact that the Gospel needs to be preached truthfully and not watered down as to “sneak it by someone” and make a believer out of them when they may not have an understanding of the Word as some are in the habit of doing.