20070207142915 Ed Stetzer Keynote

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Students Today: 

Students Today Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Georgia RADAR: 

Georgia RADAR

North Carolina Yacht: 

North Carolina Yacht

Tennessee SUV: 

Tennessee SUV

Kentucky Motorhome: 

Kentucky Motorhome

Arkansas Horse Shoes: 

Arkansas Horse Shoes

Mississippi Deer Stand: 

Mississippi Deer Stand

West Virginia Pacifier: 

West Virginia Pacifier

Who Are These People?: 

Who Are These People? Wikipedia identifies several such events have been used as ways of defining Generation Y (born 1981-1992). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student The Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986 is one major event that separates Generation X and Generation Y, as most members of Generation Y were either not yet born or too young to remember this major national event. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student The fall of the Soviet Union and the First Gulf War are both midway events for members of Generation Y, occurring in 1991, as many members were old enough to remember these events as children, but many had not yet been born. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student The widespread use of personal computers and the Internet is an event shared by the majority of Gen Y. Taking off during the period 1996-2001, most members of this generation spent at least part of their youth with a home computer and internet access. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student The date of the September 11th attacks is an often proposed end-point for the generation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student Afghanistan and the Iraq War, as well as the construct "War on Terror" may become the war that defines Gen Y akin to World War II for the GI Generation and the Vietnam War for the Baby Boomers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student Hurricane Katrina, Indian Ocean Tsunami, and other disasters that occurred in a very close span of each other. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Knowing the College Student: 

Knowing the College Student The Columbine High School massacre is an event that is often seen to define those in Generation Y. The effects of this event on the generation were great; with increases in school security, "zero tolerance" policies, and sometimes the mandatory wearing of school IDs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

Online life and community: 

Online life and community 43% of users now say that their online friends are as important as their face-to-face ones.  USA Today, Nov. 28, 2006, 6D

Online life and community: 

Online life and community Time magazine put a mirror on the cover of its’ 2006 "Person of the Year" issue, declaring "you" to be that great individual.  The tribute focuses on the way that - thanks to the internet - every day people now write blogs, contribute to the "compendium of knowledge" that is Wikipedia, post videos on YouTube, keep track of friends on MySpace, review books on Amazon, and more. www.time.com, December 18, 2006

Online life and community: 

Online life and community 95% of their communication is through the internet.  New York Times, Education Life, November 5, 2006 ,pp. 20-23

Online life and community: 

Online life and community 53% of 13-18 year olds say their favorite way to talk to or stay in touch with their friends is "in person."  Cell phones, IM's email, and text messages are the preferred communication methods for more than 1/3 of teens. Harris Interactive Trends and Tudes, vol. 5 issue 9,  October 2006

Online life and community: 

Online life and community 36% of teens say they have friends they have never met in person, but only talk to online.  On average teens say they have 75 people they consider to be friends on their social networking site.   Harris Interactive Trends and Tudes, vol. 5 issue 9,  October 2006

Online life and community: 

Online life and community When it comes to honesty and sharing, 41% of teens say they are more outgoing with friends online than in person, 29% say they are more honest, 19% say they prefer to talk about important things online than in person and 30% say they are able to share more with a friend online than in person.  Harris Interactive Trends and Tudes, vol. 5 issue 9,  October 2006

Online life and community: 

Online life and community 1 in 6 - more than 3 million students nationwide - took an online course during this past year.  That represents a 40% increase over the previous year. Oxford Press Online, August 22, 2006

Online life and community: 

Online life and community More than 40% of all students say they intend to use the internet exclusively via virtual tours and internet information for researching colleges in the summer months.  At the graduate school level, more than half will only go online. Oxford Press Online, August 22, 2006

College Lifestyle: 

College Lifestyle The Guttmacher Institute shows that 95% of American adults have had premarital sex.  Associated Press, December 19, 2006

College Lifestyle: 

College Lifestyle There is a divergence between the "Boomers" and "Busters" with regard to 32 factors of morality - most notably 8 related to sex.  Barna.org, October 31, 2006

College Lifestyle: 

College Lifestyle Younger adults are far more likely to regard sex outside of marriage, cohabitation, fantasies, and viewing pornography as morally acceptable.  Those who fit into the "born again" Christian category were not very different from their peers with regard to most measures of morality - especially sex.   The research shows that young people reflect the morals of their peer group much more significantly than that of their faith.  Barna.org, October 31, 2006

College Lifestyle: 

College Lifestyle 80% of college women claim to diet, even though many are in the normal range of weight for women their age and height.  Many said they exercise, skip meals, and smoke to lose weight.  Nearly 6 in 10 said they felt pressure to be thinner. Touchstone, July/August 2006, p. 57

Student Finances: 

Student Finances According to a survey by Noel-Levitz, a college recruiting advisory firm, the average private four-year college spends more than $2,000 on marketing and recruiting for each student it accepts.  AP, December 18, 2006

Student Finances: 

Student Finances The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that young people watch more than 40,000 ads a year on TV, and are exposed to tens of thousands more through the internet and print media.  Chicago Tribune, December 4, 2006,  sec. 1 p. 7

Student Finances: 

Student Finances The average college student spends $208 on pizza, Starbucks, music, toothpaste, laundry and other discretionary items each month. Most of that money comes from home where nearly 2/3 of students receive money for spending (at an average of just over $300 a month).  A survey by the Student Monitor indicates college students spend roughly $15 billion on their personal and social lives annually.  Seattle Times, August 14, 2006

Student Finances: 

Student Finances When it comes to spending money, 69% of students say they ate out in the previous week, 47% shopped at a grocery store, 38% went to the movies and only 19% bought a CD.  In addition to their weekly expenses, many own a variety of gadgets including cell phones (90%); DVD players (76%); TV's (73%); and iPods (37%). Just over half of all students work part time during the school year.  Seattle Times, August 14, 2006

Christian Colleges: 

Christian Colleges Evangelical Christian colleges are attracting record numbers of applications this year (2006) in a trend that bodes well for an educational niche that was struggling to survive just a generation ago…

Christian Colleges: 

Christian Colleges “Applications have jumped 8 to 10 percent at the 238 colleges that belong to the North American Association of Christian Admissions Professionals, according to Executive Director Chant Thompson…” The Washington Post, 3/25/06

Christian Colleges: 

Christian Colleges “Since 1990, enrollment has increased 70 percent, from 135,000 to 230,000, at the 102 evangelical schools that belong to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Over the same period, enrollments at all public and private colleges increased by 13 percent and 28 percent, respectively…” The Washington Post, 3/25/06

Christian Colleges: 

Christian Colleges “Thompson, of the Christian Admissions Professionals, confirmed that evangelical students are the target market. He said an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 evangelical students will graduate from high school each year until 2009, after which the numbers will begin to decline.” The Washington Post, 3/25/06

Christian Colleges: 

Christian Colleges The University of California Los Angeles’ Higher Education Research Institute polled 112,232 students from 236 colleges and universities; 44 percent called themselves religious, 35 percent said they are "spiritual but not religious" and 18 percent said that they are neither religious nor spiritual. University Wire April 28, 2005

Students Today: 

Students Today What about their worldview? From Ed Stetzer, Planting New Churches in Postmodern Age, Broadman and Holman, 2003.

Important to remember…: 

Important to remember… “Just as God is a missionary God, so the church is to be a missionary church.” –Chuck Van Engen

Slide41: 

Jesus taught, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” -John 20:21

Slide42: 

We will need to learn to think about our culture in missional terms.

Slide43: 

What is postmodernism?

Slide44: 

The scramble to understand

Slide45: 

Why is postmodernism important? What about the Emerging Church Movement? Are we post evangelical?

postmodernism: 

postmodernism …the water our people swim in…

postmodernism: 

postmodernism …the lenses they see the world through…

Slide49: 

postmoderns or postmodernity

modernism: 

modernism

Slide51: 

naturalism humanism scientific method reductionism progress nature certainty determinism individualism

postmodernism: 

postmodernism

Slide53: 

denial of personal objectivity

Slide54: 

uncertainty of knowledge

Slide55: 

death of any all-inclusive explanation

Slide56: 

the denial of the inherent goodness of knowledge

Slide57: 

rejection of progress

Slide58: 

supremacy of community-based knowledge

Slide59: 

denial of disbelief in objective inquiry

From text to interpretations: 

From text to interpretations

From Text to Interpretations: 

From Text to Interpretations All facts are interpreted facts. Truth is not found in words, but in the context they are used. (Webber, 23). There has been a shift from how we are to discover truth (epistemology) to how we interpret truth (hermeneutics). Guder, 40

From External to Internal Truth: 

From External to Internal Truth Richard Rorty, believes that all truth is made and not found. Philosophers like Jacques Derrida and Paul DeMan championed the idea that there are no valid truth claims—all must be deconstructed by the new postmodernist.

From metanarrative to mini-narrative: 

From metanarrative to mini-narrative

meta-narrative: 

meta-narrative a unifying cultural value that explains and gives purpose to life, meaning, and existence

From Meta-Narratives to Mini-Narratives: 

From Meta-Narratives to Mini-Narratives Jean-Francis Lyotard defined postmodernism as disbelief toward universal truths (metanarratives). “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives. Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, trans. Geoff Bennington and Brian Massumi, "Theory and History of Literature," volume 10 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984), p. xxiv.

postmodernism: 

postmodernism the point of this new movement was to help liberate men and women from the idea that there was a universal point or reason for existence

Students Today: 

Students Today What about Ministry?

Slide68: 

“Just as God is a missionary God, so the church is to be a missionary church.” Craig Van Gelder, The Essence of the Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000), 98.

Slide69: 

Jesus taught, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” -John 20:21

Slide70: 

We need to learn to think about our culture in missional terms. Help them identify their world view and function as missionaries to their context.

Slide71: 

As a school, it is easier for you to be “mission-minded” but not “missional.”

salt: 

salt

yeast: 

yeast

light: 

light

obstacles: 

obstacles

love or despise the culture: 

love or despise the culture

hughes scale: 

hughes scale

Slide78: 

commit to cultural relevance and to biblical authority

tradition: 

tradition

technique: 

technique

indigenous: 

indigenous

a missional theology: 

a missional theology a church becomes missional when it remains faithful to the gospel and simultaneously seeks to contextualize the gospel (to the degree it can) so the gospel engages the worldview of its hearers.

paul@marshill.com: 

paul@marshill.com reality interest positive Christ

questions: 

questions “but in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. but do this with gentleness and respect” - (1 pet. 3:15)

ecclesia semper reformanda: 

ecclesia semper reformanda

Slide86: 

“contextualization [is] a delicate enterprise if ever there was one . . . the evangelist and mission strategist stand on a razor’s edge, aware that to fall off on either side has terrible consequences . . .

Slide87: 

“ …fall to the right and you end in obscurantism, so attached to your conventional ways of practicing and teaching the faith that you veil its truth and power from those who are trying to see it through very different eyes…

Slide88: 

“…slip to the left and you tumble into syncretism, so vulnerable to the impact of paganism in its multiplicity of forms that you compromise the uniqueness of Christ and concoct “another gospel which is not a gospel.” Dean S. Gilliland, ed., The Word Among Us (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1989), vii.

Students Today: 

Students Today What About Christian Community?

Students Today: 

Students Today Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

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