From Bonhoeffer to Beyoncé - Leadership in a Secular Age

Presented by Dr Andrew Root (watch Andrew’s short message to Brisbane here)

When: 9am - 4pm Friday 16th August and 9am - 4pm Saturday 17th August 2019

Where: St Stephen’s, Coorparoo (343 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo)

Investment: $49 for either day; $90 for both days.

Dr Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. A former Young Life staff worker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counsellor.

Andrew researches, writes and speaks around the globe in the areas of practical theology and youth ministry. His most recent books are the Faith Formation in a Secular Age series (Baker, 2017-19), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).

Day 1: Andrew will focus upon topics raised in his most recent book, The Pastor in a Secular Age (Baker, 2019), where he explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Andrew explains how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.

Day 2: Andrew will focus upon Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, offering an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulating how faith can be formed in our secular age. After covering ways of combining science and youth ministry, the final part of the day will cover the ongoing relevance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, based on Andrew’s highly popular book, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

This is Andrew’s first visit to Brisbane and promises to be a learning opportunity from one of the world’s leading authorities, not to be missed.

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