Becoming a Player

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Many years ago, when my oldest daughter Rebecca was only four, she informed my wife that when she grew up, she was going to be a farmer.

My wife replied, "That's nice, dear."

"Yep," Rebecca continued, "when I grow up, I'm gonna be a farmer, and I'm gonna marry Daddy!"

Then Susan asked, "But if you grow up and become a farmer and marry Daddy, what will Mommy do?"

Rebecca pondered that seriously for a moment or two, then she brightened up and said, "You can be our cow!"

All of us have different dreams, different ideas of what we want our lives to be like. And for most of us, there is a common denominator:

We want to make a difference.

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2016 Cultural Update and Generation Z

The 2016 Church & Culture Conference was held on March 3 in Charlotte, NC, and then on a 3-city tour of the United Kingdom on 19-23 April. The 2016 Conference featured entirely new content, and the following are a brief overview of the plenary sessions that are being offered through the website:

Session 1 - "2016 Cultural Update and Generation Z"
The largest generation in recent history, Generation Z, is also the first generation to emerge entirely from a post-Christian context. It is unlike any generation preceding it, and demands a revolution in approach. This session introduces Generation Z, and the way they will challenge old wineskins.

Session 2 - "Keeping a Prophetic Voice Without Losing an Evangelistic One"
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing church leaders is learning how to bring the gospel to bear on a culture that is far from God. Specifically, how do we speak to the key issues of the day where public opinion is far from biblical truth? We know we want to bring grace to bear, but how do we simultaneously bring truth in a way that is both winsome and compelling? This session will examine how to speak to "hot topics" and essential (but often unpopular) doctrine in ways that connect with a post-Christian culture.

Session 3 - "Question & Answer Session"
This combines the 3 sessions of Q&A that took place over the course of the day at the Charlotte conference. A variety of topics were addressed through these sessions.

For those wondering about the session on Children's Ministry, we found that because of the number of live presentation elements incorporated into this session it did not translate well for an mp3 recording.

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