In this episode, Cody has a conversation with Pastor Kent Redfearn. Kent has been the pastor of Muldoon Community Assembly in Anchorage for over thirty years. In that time, he's watched the perception of organized religion change—for the better in some situations, and for much worse in others. And while the fundamental job of a pastor has not changed, their methods have. Meaning, because of the influx and often bombardment of information nowadays it has become necessary for leaders of churches to find ways for their message to be heard above the fray.
If you're a pastor, or part of a church, then you know there are proven ways to grow a church. The most time-tested method is to target a specific demographic. Rather than following that method, Pastor Kent has spent decades creating an all-inclusive culture at his church. And he'll be the first to tell you, he doesn't have all the answers. And that, ultimately, he believes the best thing to have is faith. Because a pastor's responsibility to their community is, according to Pastor Kent, "to help people navigate a broken world, headed to an unbroken eternity."
Thanks to Sharon Liska for her help with interview questions.