NYI Talk: The Essence of the Church

Churches are often tempted to embrace the latest trends in order to attract outsiders. If we’re not careful, we can begin to believe that only the churches with the largest budgets can engage modern culture. Canada Field Youth Coordinator, Helen Thiessen, challenges us to re-embrace the essence of the Church through community and authenticity. 

Spend some time reflecting on the questions below as an individual, or as a team, in light of your ministry context. Want to share your thoughts with the larger NYI community? Use #NYITalk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to start the conversation.


  1. How can you strive for excellence in ministry without selling out to flashy and produced elements?
  2. How do you make your messages/sermons conversational?
  3. How do you celebrate your community?