Ministry in a Secular Age

How on earth can the church proclaim the gospel when the world around us does not think of God as essential to life?

In 2007, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor wrote an important and influential book called A Secular Age, seeking to understand how and why religion has lost its place in our society. Based on the work and research of Taylor, Andrew Root began to ask, “What can the Christian church do to connect with this world which has become foreign to so many of us who serve in ministry?”

Andrew Root will explore this question and more at the virtual conference. We will have a chance to interact with Andrew with input in the morning and in the afternoon we will further discuss the implication of living and ministering in a secular age and how it impacts our ministry.

Join your colleagues for a stimulating conference that will include plenty of discussion time. Wednesday and Thursday, September 28-29 2022, morning and afternoon.

What is Reignite 2.0?

Reignite 2.0 is a virtual conference for ministry and church leaders sponsored by the Church Life and Leadership Team. The goal is to stimulate missional and theological thinking about issues that affect ministry and our world.

Formerly an in-person event, it has moved to a virtual platform to make it affordable and accessible for all. There is no cost to attend, but one must pre-register.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is designed and opened to all ministry leaders: children, youth, family, associate, and senior pastors and chaplains. It is also a great learning opportunity for other church leaders, youth, children, adult ministry directors,  and church board members who wish to further understand how the church can connect with our secular world.

Children and Youth Pastors

You’re invited to join online individually or at a local watch party (maybe you’d like to host one). We will stream Andrew Root online and you can participate in discussion groups either through Zoom or at a watch party. Alvin Lau or Tanya Yuen can help you get organized.

Bivocational Pastors

We believe it’s important for you to participate in Reignite 2.0 this year. If you need to take time off from work in order to participate you can apply for a subsidy to help cover lost wages.

Registration is closed

September 28 and 29, 10 am – 3 pm
Session 1: The Pastor in a Secular Age

Being a pastor is no easy task in our time. Institutions are weaker, budgets are in decline, people are uninterested, and commitment is wavering. But these are only symptoms of a bigger issue. This presentation will seek to peer beneath the symptoms and explore why many pastors find themselves in an identity crisis. The presentation examines what living in a secular age does to pastoral identity and how pastors can find new footing within it.

Session 2: The Congregation in a Time Crisis

It’s often assumed the church and local congregations are in a crisis of resources. Congregations are losing people, money, and overall cultural influence. So often we assume that what ails the congregation is this loss of resources, and what would heal it would be more resources. Yet, this presentation will show that these thoughts are misguided. The crisis the local congregation faces is not a loss of resources, but a loss of time. Time, in late modernity, just keeps speeding up. And local congregations simply can’t keep up. As our experience of time continues to accelerate—with technology, social life, and the pace of our lives—the structures that congregations need to remain stable melt away. We’ll explore how the congregation can attend to sacred time in a late modernity of accelerating time.

About Andrew Root

Rev. Dr. 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).time.

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