September 1-3, 2010
Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Associate Professor of Christian Educationat Columbia Theological Seminary. Engage with the newest happenings in the life of educational ministries and contemporary culture. Dr. Nishioka focuses on equipping pastors to be teachers and leaders in the church’s educational ministry. He is particularly interested in building a congregation’s youth and young adult ministries.
For the 2010 Wright Lecture Series, Dr. Nishioka will be facilitating dialog on contemporary issues facing ministry in the 21st century. He writes: “Church historians tend to be a prickly bunch. They remind us that nothing is really new. They caution us against thinking that what we are facing is any more serious a challenge than the church of the 16th century or for that matter the first century. So it is worth noting that there appears to be a growing consensus among church historians that we are on the cusp of a new age of Christendom. Together, we will explore what this new age might look like. We will look at this new age through three lenses. The first lens will be recent research concerning adolescents. The second lens will look at the church through young adults (persons in their 20’s and 30’s) and finally the third lens will be a broader examination of eight trends that are changing and shaping the nature of ministry—perhaps giving us a glimpse of what this new Christendom might look like. Throughout these presentations, conversation will be welcomed and hopefully nurtured as we contemplate what we need to be doing today to prepare for being the Church of Jesus Christ tomorrow.”
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