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WHEATON MISSION & MINISTRY CONFERENCE

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JOIN US APRIL 23-24, 2019

According to the Pew Religious Landscape study published in 2015, younger emerging adults (18-24), identify as nones at a 36 percent rate compared to only 25 percent in 2007. Just last month, LifeWay Research reported that “two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.”

While there are an abundance of competing theories, significant questions remain as to why emerging adults are leaving the church and what might help them be retained or choose to return. The inaugural Wheaton Mission & Ministry Conference will feature top Evangelical scholars presenting on what we know about the exodus of the younger generations from the church and how we can recapture a theology and lifestyle which draws them back into a relationship with God AND his church.

SPEAKERS

The Wheaton Mission & Ministry Conference is sponsored by the Billy Graham Center Institute and the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College. We are thrilled to welcome some of the leading voices researching and speaking into the important issue of the emerging generation and the church today.

DAVID KINNAMAN

Founder and President of Barna Research Group


TOPIC: A Deeper Look at Gen Z

BRIANNA PARKER

Curator and Founder of the Black Millennial Café


TOPICS: Ignored in Plain Sight

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ

Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University


TOPICS: Between Two Worlds: Multigenerational and Multilingual Hispanic Youth Ministry in the USA

RUSSELL JEUNG

Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies, SF State


TOPIC: Redefining Religious Nones: Lessons from Chinese and Japanese American Young Adults

JUAN MARTINEZ

Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership, Fuller Seminary


TOPIC: Migration and Mission: Latino Youth as Agents of God’s Work in the World.

BETH SEVERSEN

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries Studies; Director of the Center for Christian Ministries Studies and Practical Theology, North Park University


TOPIC: Connecting Evangelism, Discipleship and MIssion in How We Reach and Retain Emerging Adults

RICK RICHARDSON

Professor of Evangelism and Leadership, Director of BGC Research Institute, Director of the Church Evangelism Initiative


TOPIC: You Found Me: How New Research is Showing Unchurched Nones, Millennials and Irreligious Are Surprisingly Open to the Christian Faith

DAVID SETRAN

Price-LeBar Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College


TOPIC: Sowing the Story: Formative Practices in Emerging Adult Spiritual Formation

TODD HALL

Professor of Psychology,
Rosemead School of Psychology,
Biola University


TOPIC: Spirituality at the Crossroads: A Grounded Theory of Christian Emerging Adults

PATRICIA SNELL HERZOG

Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


TOPIC: Emerging Adults and Their Emerging Organizational Values: Implications for Congregations

DEBORAH COLWILL

Chair, Educational Ministries Department; Associate Professor, Educational and Leadership Studies,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


TOPIC: Developing Emerging Leaders

BRIAN MILLER

Associate Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College


TOPIC: Screens, Social Media, and Spirituality: Technology and Religiosity Among Emerging Adults

R. YORK MOORE

Executive Director-Catalytic Partnerships and as National Evangelist, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA


TOPIC: A Deeper Look at the Attitudes & Actions of College-Age Students when Considering the Christian Faith

CHUCK STOKES

Associate Professor, Faculty Fellow, The Center for Worship and the Arts, Samford University


TOPIC: The Intersection Between Religious Belief and Practice with Attitudes Towards Sex, Sexual Behavior, and/or Sexual Identity among Emerging Adults

SANDRA YU RUEGER

Associate Professor of Psychology


TOPIC: Issues of Depression, Substance Addiction, and More among Emerging Adults

SCHEDULE

The WMMC will officially begin at 8:30AM on Tuesday, April 23 and will conclude at 5:30PM on Wednesday, April 24. All morning and afternoon sessions will be held in the Wilson Suite in the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). The Tuesday evening session will be held in Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | MORNING

7:45-8:45:  Registration (Includes continental breakfast)
8:30: Welcome – Ed Stetzer
8:45: Todd Hall 
9:45: Break
10:00: Juan Martinez 
11:00: Russell Jeung
12:00: Lunch

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | AFTERNOON/EVENING

1:00: Patricia Snell Herzog
2:00: Rick Richardson
3:00: Break
3:15: Deb Colwill
4:15: Missiology Panel Discussion 
5:30: Dinner & Break

7:00: Intro – Ed Stetzer
7:15: David Kinnaman 
8:15: Brianna Parker
8:45: York Moore

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 | MORNING

8:00: Chuck Stokes
9:00: Brianna Parker
10:00: Daniel Rodriguez
11:00: Break
11:15: Sandra Yu Rueger
12:15: Lunch

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 | AFTERNOON

1:15: Beth Seversen
2:15: Dave Setran
3:15: Break
3:30: Brian Miller
4:30: Christian Formation Panel Discussion
5:15: Concluding Comments – Ed Stetzer, Rick Richardson

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