Jeff Rose on Street Preaching
Date: December 12th, 2011
What would you do if you were a street preacher and someone poured beer on your head, blew smoke in your face, and threatened you with a knife? Jeff Rose, founder of JeremiahCry Ministries with his wife Pearl, has had that experience and he reveals his response in this fascinating interview that covers Jeff’s path to the street preaching profession and what it takes to be a street preacher. Tony starts out by asking if Jeff if he is crazy. It is not an uncommon question that folks who pass street preachers cannot help but ask. Jeff provides a remarkably insightful answer to this question revealing that he has asked himself this question on more than one occassion, but then explains what keeps him going. We then review Jeff’s life growing up, his career as a personal fitness trainer and gym owner, and what led him to pick up the cause of the Gospel. The journey is one that takes him from a small Pentecostal church to a large megachurch and then back to a smaller community where he connects with several other individuals that propel him down the road to street preaching. As an aside we chat about what Jeff didn’t like about megachurches, a theme that connects with some of our earlier podcasts. Jeff then describes how he found himself engaged in a life of street preaching after attending seminary and moving to Scotland. The last portion of our interview tackles some of what occurs in the life of a street preacher, including thinking about what venues will be most attractive, how to deal with crowds, the funniest moment he encountered, as well as the most dangerous. Jeff finishes by revealing his optimistic attitude towards the spiritual life of American and the United Kingdom. Recorded December 1, 2011.
JeremiahCry Ministries, founded by Jeff & Pearl Rose (includes videos and audio of street preaching)
Daniel Stiles on Cowboy Churches.
Dave Travis on Megachurch Myths.
James Brettell on Trends in American Christianity.
Matt Boswell on Starting a New Church.
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