Holding the Tensions of the Contemplative and the Spirit

In episode 16 of the How to Plant a Healthy Church Podcast, John and Kara share on leaning into both the contemplative and the Spirit to create health in their lives and their community.


Michael Gatlin

National Coordinator, Multiply Vineyard

Multiply Vineyard

Helping Vineyard churches fulfill their God-given call to multiply.



Are you trying to balance work, life, ministry, and rest? In this episode, we hear from church planters John and Kara Kim on how they are holding the tensions of living in New York City, planting a church, parenting, and still doing meaningful work outside of the church. In this conversation, you will hear about how John and Kara are leaning into both the contemplative and the Spirit to create health in their lives and their community.

Our Host

John & Kara Kim | Church planters, the166, New York, NY

John and Kara pastor the166, a Vineyard church plant in the Hell’s Kitchen section of midtown Manhattan, NY.John is an investor and entrepreneur. Kara is a trained spiritual director through the Order of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. John and Kara reside in Manhattan with their son, Samuel. The Kims are one of three founding families of Coram Deo: A House of Worship, Prayer and Entrepreneurship, located in midtown Manhattan.

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