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Christian Piatt

Reach Beyond Charity to Seek Social Justice | Service & Mission

My mom is a Southern Baptist; my dad is an atheist. So I like to say I split the difference and became a progressive mainline Christian. For ten years I had nothing to do with church, after being invited to leave in my teenage years over some heated discussions about the scope of salvation. But I found my way back, though not exactly on the same path I had traveled before.

My wife and I co-founded a church in southern Colorado in 2004 that we feel reflects the missional church model. My mom and I go back and forth about what it means to be “missional,” “emergent,” and “postmodern.” I talk to her about the sense of loss when it comes to community and how emergent church in many ways reflects a more ancient, tribal approach to relationship.

This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.

About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician, and spoken word artist. He is the creator and editor of Banned Questions about the Bible and Banned Questions about Jesus. Christian has a memoir on faith, family and parenting published in 2012 called Pregmancy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date. Visit