Over the last 10-15 years Washington, DC has experienced a flurry of new church plants that attract Millennials. Scores of new congregations are collectively attracting thousands of young people.
These new churches typically don’t own their own property and so are invisible except by research or word of mouth. They sometimes rent school buildings, museums, hotel conference rooms, or under used older church buildings.
Almost all of these new church plants are evangelical with traditional theology yet they attract socially liberal twenty somethings. Meanwhile, theologically liberal older churches with beautiful sanctuaries often are near empty.
To assuage my curiosity about these oddities, I interviewed Ben Palka, the young founding co-pastor of King’s Church in downtown DC. It’s officially Southern Baptist but doesn’t advertise as such. Its diverse congregation is largely not from a Baptist background. Palka himself, who’s from New York, is not from a Southern Baptist past. He did attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary after his call to ministry.
I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by our conversation.