For this episode of Simple Faith, pull up a chair with Dr. James Emery White. He’s the visionary behind the successful church plant, Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. His tale of starting a church without any people, money, or a building is inspiring. We get the chance to talk about two of his passions – theology and culture. Hear him break down how this blend helped shape the trajectory of his church and filled the gap between academia and church planning.

That passion gives us a glimpse into his innovative approach to church leadership. And that’s clear as we look at what community looks like in the digital age, drawing parallels between Martin Luther’s use of the printing press and today’s digital platforms like Twitch and TikTok. This was such a great conversation you won’t want to miss.


About Our Guest

Dr. James Emery White sits in front of an autumn background on a wooden bench.James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) began with a single family and has grown to more than 20,000 active attenders through our in-person and online campuses. Meck also experiences more than 70% of its growth from those who were previously unchurched. Dr. White is the president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts featuring his blog and a wide range of resources to serve the church; former professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president; and author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Among Dr. White’s many books are Gold Medallion nominees Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual. His most recent releases are Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians: Uncommon Answers to Common Questions, its companion titled After “I Believe”: Everyday Practices for a Vibrant Faith, and his latest book is Hybrid Church: Rethinking the Church for a Post-Christian Digital Age.

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