You’ve heard the grim statistics about millennials and congregations. “Religious nones” or the religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing in American religious demographics. Three-fourths of those who are unaffiliated are people who grew up in congregations. Some current research indicates that one million young people will leave congregational life each year for the next 30 years.
But there is good news and a new way of engaging people.
Cultural analyst John Seel argues that the survival of American congregational life is dependent on congregations listening to millennials. Seel charts a different way forward coupled with an urgent warning. American congregations’ survival is reliant on understanding the greatest frame shift in American religious history.
You’re invited to learn about this frame shift and the “New Copernicans,” who see the world through a different lens. You will be equipped to better understand the needs of those who are leaving congregational life and learn how to reengage with them.
John Seel is a cultural renewal entrepreneur and social impact consultant. He works with people and projects that promote human flourishing and the common good. He was the former director of cultural engagement at the John Templeton Foundation and is the founder of John Seel Consulting LLC. Seel is an author, a blogger and the director of Evangelicals for Social Action’s New Copernican Salons at Eastern University.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Fishers and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central time) Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Church of the Four Seasons United Methodist in Crown Point. 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 Seel’s book, The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church. Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.
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