Mike Baughman is the Community Curator and founding pastor of Union, a coffee and community space in northeast Dallas committed to cultivating the divine spark in their neighbors for the good of the city and the world it inspires through outstanding coffee, robust community and engaging causes. He is editor and contributing author of Flipping Church: How Sucessful Church Planters Are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down. Married to Rachel, a sixth generation minister, Mike is a third generation Methodist minister and church planter who is committed to connecting with and empowering innovative leaders in church, non-profit, and civic work. In this episode of the RePlacing Church Podcast, he joins me to talk about:

  • Why he took an unconventional approach to church planting
  • Why being an outsider is often a gift for entrepreneurs and church planters
  • Why your neighborhood is NOT your mission field
  • How leadership perfectionism is a killer of community and mission
  • The power of innovation in the Wesleyan tradition and other church movements

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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.