CHARLOTTE
MARCH 2-3, 2017

Mecklenburg Community Church
8335 Browne Road
Charlotte, NC 28269

This year we'll focus on growing together as students of culture and campaigners for the local church. The conference will be one full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) on March 2 with an optional half-day of breakouts on March 3. 

 

Plenary Sessions

The Nones, Generation Z, and the New Post-Christian World

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 Rise of the Nones and Meet Generation Z - will update the most bleeding-edge trends related to the nones, lay-out the most important marks of Generation Z, and offer three critical approaches to reaching them for Christ. These three approaches have helped Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) become a church of 10,000 active attenders.

APOLOGETICS IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD

Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year was “post-truth.” What does that mean for our culture, and specifically, for making a case for the truth of the Christian faith? Dr. White will explore the nature of today’s “truthiness” and how a new cultural bridge might be built through such things as ghosts and Galileo, neo-atheists and cynics – cultural bridges that continue to help Meck achieve over 70 percent of its annual growth through the previously unchurched.

THE TRENDS WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT IN 2020

Pulling from his wide reading and analysis, observation and cultural engagement, James Emery White will offer a set of trends that may prove to be the future challenges of the church, including such thought-provoking developments as the “neo-medieval” and the “daily me.” But don’t think this is attempting to “guess” at the future – each trend is already taking root, and this session will tell you where and how.

Breakout Sessions

Preventing Every Church’s Three Natural Tendencies: Getting Older, Becoming Outdated, and Turning Inward
(for senior Pastors only)

In this session designed for senior pastors, fellow senior pastor James Emery White outlines lessons learned from thirty years of pastoral leadership in regard to turning the tide against the three “natural flows” of every church: average age of attenders getting older, the methods and style becoming outdated, and the DNA of the church turning inward toward the already convinced instead of staying outward-focused toward the unchurched.

Ministry-Specific Breakouts

You'll be sent a list of breakout sessions to choose from that will include insights from some of the following ministries:

- Creative Arts

- Children's Ministry

- Guest Services

- Community (discipleship/assimilation)

- Communications/Marketing

- Meck Institute (classes)

 
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We've reserved two blocks of rooms for 2017 Church & Culture Conference Registrants. You can take advantage of a group rate by booking a room at one of these two locations: