Cultural changes have made it increasingly difficult to develop the faith of younger generations. Recent research by the Barna Group gives good reason to be hopeful. This workshop explores the practices that can aid your congregation in forming the faith of children, youth and young adults. Author and youth leader Mark Matlock will present ways your congregation can take steps to pass along Christianity to the next generation.
In this workshop, Matlock explains the concept of resilient discipleship and explores new research-based insights from Christian research company Barna Group.
Topic covered include:
- The cultural challenges to familiar disciple-making pratices.
- What factors contribute to the faith of young Christians and ex-Christians .
- Research-based practices to help your congregation form strong young disciples.
- Assessments to measure effectiveness and identify opportunities for growth .
- Canvases, maps and other tools to help your team’s implementation of the Faith For Exiles findings, along with instruction on how to apply them.
Who should attend? This event will be of particular use to those who work with young adults, youth and children in Christian congregations.
Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors and students for two decades. He is a speaker at PlanetWisdom Conferences, advisor to Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention and is the founder of WisdomWorks Ministries, an organization exploring wisdom in teens. Matlock wrote several books, including What Does God Want From Me?, Living a Life That Matters, Don’t Buy the Lie, and Freshman.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, September 5, 2019 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of the book Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon.
Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."