2018 Plenary Sessions
Knowing the signs of the times and how best to live in light of them - particularly as the church - is a powerful combination. One of the clearest signs of our day has been the marked rise of the "nones" - those who when asked what their religious affiliation is would respond, "Nothing." This doesn't necessarily mean that they are rejecting God, rather they simply ignore Him and don't see how He has any relevance for their lives. In this session, James Emery White - author of The Rise of the Nones - will reveal some of the cultural trends that have led to this staggering rise.
THE RISE OF THE NONES
The rise of the nones has produced the first post-Christian generation in American history, “Generation Z,” which is also the largest generation of our day. In this session, James Emery White - author of Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World - will introduce you to this generation, lay-out the most important marks of Generation Z, and offer three critical approaches to reaching them for Christ.
MEET GENERATION Z
In order to reach Generation Z, cultural bridges have to be built with the unchurched. For not only are we in a post-Christian culture, but the world is also a post-truth world. The church must figure out ways to change to reach a generation who, when presented with the truths of Scripture, often choose to respond: “So what?”
REACHING OUR POST-CHRISTIAN CULTURE
about the speaker
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a church with more than 10,000 active attenders and with 70 percent growth from people who were previously unchurched; president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts ChurchAndCulture.org (which features his messages and blogs); ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president; and author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages.