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The Pastor in a Secular Age

Being a pastor is no easy task in our time. Institutions are weaker, budgets are in decline, people are uninterested, and commitment is wavering.  But these are only symptoms of a bigger issue.  This presentation will seek to peer beneath the symptoms and explore why many pastors find themselves in an identity crisis.  The presentation examines what living in a secular age does to pastoral identity and how pastors can find new footing within it.

12:00-1:30 PM

AUG     |      1      |     2024


BP Energy Center

1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508

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Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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).

Andrew Root is the author of the well-received Ministry in a Secular Age series. The series offers a developed practical theology that uniquely attends to divine action. Series volumes engage with Charles Taylor’s articulation of our cultural context and the challenge he raises for Christian life in a Western world that has found divine action increasingly unbelievable. This project provides not only a needed and deep dialogue with the issues Taylor presents but also offers a constructive vision for confronting Taylor’s challenge. 

Volumes include:
· Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness
· The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need a God
· The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time against the Speed of Modern Life
· Churches and the Crisis of Decline: A Hopeful, Practical Ecclesiology for a Secular Age
· The Church after Innovation: Questioning Our Obsession with Work, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
· The Church in an Age of Secular Mysticisms: Why Spiritualities without God Fail to Transform Us

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This program is made possible through a Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI, with Funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

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