Matt Russell planted Mercy Street about 15 years ago in the US. Starting from scratch it quickly grew to around a 1000, many of whom were recovering addicts. The church developed a culture of gritty authenticity and honesty. Needless to say, he’s got a very interesting story to tell and much wisodm to share!

Image provided by Matt Russell. Used with permission.


“Anytime you draw a line in the sand and say, ‘All the Christians on this side of the line,’ you’ll leave Jesus on the wrong side of the line all the time. Because he will not forsake the world that he loves and has given himself to for a list of ‘a prioris’ and theological presuppositions.”

“Church should be this place where these most honest discussions are happening – that we don’t have to adopt a type of language that belies our struggle but that invites us into that very place of struggle.”


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