Have we lost them? Crisis of youth ministry and faith with Andrew Root.
When | January 29, 2022, 9a-4p
Where | Northridge Friends Church, Wichita, KS
Cost | $30 per person, groups of four or more receive a discount for registrations at $99 for four or more registrants
Lunch will not be provided.
Session 1 | Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Examining the Changes Impacting Ministry
Why is faith formation so hard? We’re confronted at every turn with the narrative of decline, the rise of the nones, the constant refrain to pastors and churches that “the world is changing.” But the most fundamental challenge facing the church today is that God is no longer an assumed reality. How might youth ministry, the church, and the role of the youth worker need to shift when belief in God and transcendence is optional? What is faith in a secular age? And how can we help form it?
Session 2 | Relationships Unfiltered
It seems that at its most basic, ministry is about relationships. But relationships are anything but basic. So then what are relationships in ministry and what are they for? This course will explore relational ministry in order to uncover some of the blind spots in our contemporary understanding of relationships with people. Relational ministry will be re-imagined NOT as seeking to influence people toward some end (to accept Jesus/to avoid immoral behavior/to come to church) but rather, seeing it as place-sharing.
Sponsored by Youth Core Ministries, Barclay College, and Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America
Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology, ministry, culture and younger generations. His most recent books are The Congregation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2021), The End of Youth Ministry? (Baker, 2020), The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018). Learn more at https://andrewroot.org/