Tyler St. Clair, Detroit church planter - Episode 17 - on being real about ministry in the hood, fundraising as a black man and why the Church shouldn’t hoard its resources in the suburbs
Noah Filipiak interviews Pastor Tyler St. Clair about his upcoming church plant on the NW side of Detroit, the neighborhood Tyler and his wife both grew up in. Tyler's target location is one of the "bad parts" of Detroit, with all of the symptoms of urban poverty ever-present. After being guided to plant in other more financially viable areas, Tyler discusses why he is staying committed to this needy area. Noah and Tyler discuss white privilege and the challenge of ministry fundraising as a black man. They also discuss the lost emphasis Scripture puts on loving and ministering to the poor and the need for the Church to be the body and not hoard all of the resources in suburban areas. They also discuss how a lot of church planting movements want to make it look like they are ministering in the poor parts of Detroit, when they really aren't. Tyler also shares about a season of his life where he rejected black preaching and theologians, and how God brought him back to his roots and ethnic identity by introducing him to many spiritual giants of the Christian faith who come from the African-American Church.