Surprised by Failure

A Public Forum featuring New City Fellows alumni

Failure is something we don’t like to think about in our performance-driven culture, but it is ever-present, lurking beneath the surface for even the seemingly most successful among us. Many of us live our lives haunted by past failures and the guilt or shame we feel as a result. Others of us are so fearful of future failure that we’re consumed by perfectionism or the drive to work hard—or we’re frozen by inaction, unable to try new things and take meaningful risks in life.

But what if true flourishing meant trying new things and taking risks, even though the outcome may not be as we had hoped? And what if it was okay to fail, and there was grace, growth, and joy to be found on the other side?

Join us for an evening of stories exploring the theme of failure—and the surprising grace you might just discover along the way.


This forum is a part of the Center for Public Christianity’s 2022-2023 series, Flourishing in a Broken World.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 7:00-8:30pm


Holy Trinity Anglican Church
100 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

About Our Host

About Joshua D. Chatraw, Ph.D.

Josh is executive director of the Center for Public Christianity, lead teacher for New City Fellows, and theologian-in-residence at Holy Trinity Anglican Church – all based in Raleigh, NC. His writing and speaking focuses on public theology, apologetics, and culture. He has written and edited several books including, Apologetics at the Cross, Cultural Engagement, The History of Apologetics, Telling a Better Story, Truth Matters, and Truth in a Culture of Doubt. His writing has received numerous awards, including Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in Apologetics and The Gospel Coalition’s Book of the Year in Apologetics/Evangelism, and his work has been featured in outlets such as Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, World Magazine, and the Washington Post. He earned his PhD in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelors in Business from Georgia Southern University. Josh has served in a full-time academic teaching post, as well as pastorates at churches in Virginia and Georgia. Josh and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Addison and Hudson.