Andrew Root: Cork Lecture & Workshop

Date(s) - August 11, 2023 - August 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology

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Cork Lecture & Workshop

Date: Friday, Aug 11th & Saturday, Aug 12th

Venue: Lecture – Epiphany Chapel & Live Stream / Workshop – Epiphany Chapel, In-Person Only

Vancouver School of Theology and St. Andrew’s Hall are delighted to welcome Andrew Root, PhD, as the lead speaker at the inaugural Cork Lecture and Workshop.


Friday August 11, 7 p.m.
Living After a Pandemic or Why We’re All So Exhausted: The Church in a Time Crisis
Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver & Streamed Online

It’s often assumed the church and local congregations are in a crisis of resources. Congregations are losing people, money, and overall cultural influence. There is a misguided assumption that what ails the congregation is this loss of resources. The crisis the local congregation faces is not a loss of resources, but a loss of time which just keeps speeding up. And local congregations and denominations simply can’t keep up with technology, social life and pace. Congregations can attend to sacred time in a late modernity of accelerating time, to move forward faithfully, and find revitalization.

Saturday August 12, 10am – 2 p.m. (Lunch included)
Ministry Inside the Immanent Frame: The Task of Speaking of God in a Secular Age
Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver – In-Person Only

Congregational life isn’t an easy task in our time. Institutions are weaker, budgets are in decline, people are uninterested, and commitment is wavering. These are only symptoms of a bigger issue: many congregations find themselves in an identity crisis. We will be examining what living in a secular age does to congregational identity and how pastors and lay leaders can find new footing within it.

Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology, ministry, culture and younger generations. His most recent books are Churches and the Crisis of Decline (Baker, 2022), The Congregation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2021), The End of Youth Ministry? (Baker, 2020), The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).


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