It is said that New York City is the melting pot of America. It’s the place where people from all nations, backgrounds, cultures, families, faiths, and ethnicities collide to form the one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. It’s also its own mission field. I’d almost say that a missionary endeavoring to fulfill the call of Acts 1:8 is doing just that merely by ministering to the people of New York. It’s as if the whole world was captured in a city. And it’s to this metropolis that Erik Sorensen has been called to plant a church and pursue people with the gospel of grace.

In this edition of Ministry Minded, I sit down with pastor and church planter Erick Sorensen. In this stirring discussion, we focus on the ups and downs of church planting and the hard realities of everyday ministry. Erick is passionate about preaching both God’s law and God’s gospel to the people of Manhattan. His goal is to reorient the way most people think about God and religion, opening their eyes to the truth of God’s desire for relationship, not mere formalism. He endeavors to show that by rightly distinguishing the law and the gospel, the felt need for deliverance will be realized. No more clamoring after this idea or that belief. Erick’s ministry is about provide rest and relief for the weary and worn out.

This was a stirring discussion that I’m sure you’ll profit from, as Erick and I talk about the ups and downs of church planting, and how the gospel informs us during the crushing realities of everyday ministry.

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Erick is the founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in New York City. Be sure and follow all the development there by following them on Facebook. Erick is also a writer and speaker for Christ Hold Fast. You can follow him on Twitter, @pastorerick.


Martin Luther’s Theology, Oswald Bayer
The Freedom of a Christian, Martin Luther
Where God Meets Man, Gerhard Forde
Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Photo via Ben White / Unsplash


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