"Tacit Assurance: We Can Know More About Salvation Than We Can Tell"
Why do many teens "pray to receive Jesus" several, even dozens of times? When students ask, "How do I know when I am saved?" what do you say? Ben Tertin weaves minimalist and maximalist views of salvation together to address a weak-point he sees in the faith of today's teens. In the end he says, "You can know far more about salvation than you can tell."
"The Art of Woo | Awakening Teenager's Desire to Follow in the Way of Jesus"
Spiritual formation in the church has too long been based in fear, shame, coercion, and guilt. What if teens actually wanted to follow Jesus, love God, or be part of a church community? We'll explore a theology of (good) desire, imagine how to invite students wholly into spiritual formation, and discuss how to connect what students love and the God who IS love.
"Rise of the Nones"
You may not have heard of the “Nones” yet, but you will. The Nones are a growing group in the US who include, Atheists, Agnostics, and a majority who simply declare no religious affiliation. The Northwest has been termed “The None Zone” because more “Nones” are here than any other region in the United States. Discuss why the NW is a unique mission field and brainstorm how we can reach those far from Christ.