Culture Crash: The Nines 2014 ONLINE
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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We are so excited to invite you to be a part of this year's NINES online conference. This year's theme is "Culture Crash: Where Church and Culture Collide".
Same-Sex Marriage. Immigration. A Culture of Inclusivism. Changing Sexual Norms. Social Justice. Like it or not, we all have to face cultural issues like these as church leaders. But the stakes are higher now than ever before. In the media, we only hear the extremes from the church... those that are 'pro' this or 'con' that. But it's never that easy. We think pastors and church leaders have a unique role and an important challenge to address these issues redemptively and proactively. It's time to start that discussion. It's time to talk 'to' each other rather than 'at' each other. We'll share how some church leaders are dealing with these issues, and learn how to 'be the Church' in a faster-than-ever changing culture.
Our speakers this year include Matt Chandler, Gene Appel, Perry Noble, Kristen Howerton, Bryan Carter, Sarah Bessey, Wayne Cordeiro, Leonce Crump, Dave Ferguson, Laurie Beshore, Derwin Gray, Joel Hunter, Chris Hodges, Kem Meyer, Darrin Patrick, Kara Powell, Jennie Allen, Ed Stetzer and many more!
Here is a brief look at the topics we'll deal with on November 4-5:
Culture Crash #1: The Church and Same-Sex Marriage
There is no greater and faster shift in culture today than the swing towards the acceptance of same-sex marriage. Church leaders need to determine the right path moving forward; loving and ministering to the LGBT community, while at the same time holding-fast to a theological position (held by most) that prohibits the practice of homosexuality.
Culture Crash #2: The Church in an Inclusive Culture
Culture is moving to a more pluralistic and inclusive viewpoint on many things. With the growing number of the public that believe salvation can be gained outside of Christ (and the number of pastors believing the same), leaders need to be prepared for a world that increasingly views their theological position as exclusionary and narrow. How will the church reach out to a culture that views their beliefs as exclusionary and offensive?
Culture Crash #3: The Church and Marijuana
What once was an icon of the hippy culture in America, the push for legalization and acceptance of non-medical marijuana in the country is spiking. So far, the church has managed to stay mostly out of this debate. The our church base is clearly shifting. According to a Public Research Institute study, 50% of CHRISTIANS aged 18-29 say they favor or strongly favor legalizing recreational use of marijuana. And church leaders in Colorado are already faced with the question that most all of us will probably face in the very near future: What should the church say/do about marijuana usage?
Culture Crash #4: The Church and Changing Sexual Norms
The rapidly-changing sexual norms in our culture are invading the church. Today’s church attenders are increasingly ‘hooking up’ casually, cohabitating before marriage, dealing with addictions to pornography. Things like ‘little blue pills’, ‘sexting’, ‘twerking’ were not even in our vocabulary twenty years ago. And outside the church, 71% of Americans who do not attend church believe homosexuality is not a sin. As cultural thoughts continually change, how will the church be relevant to those, inside and outside of our walls, that are increasingly opposed to our theological views on sexuality?
Culture Crash #5: The Church and Christian Civility
The church has long been known for ‘shooting our own’. But recently, some groups within the church-at-large have gone public with their grievances on how other church leaders should deal with issues like racial and gender diversity. This public ‘calling out’ of other members of the body of Christ causes us to redefine what civility and unity looks like in today’s church culture. How do we disagree with each other in the internet age? Where does accountability lie? And how do we, as Rick Warren puts it, “disagree without being disagreeable”?
Culture Crash #6: The Church and Social Justice
One positive way that culture is shifting is the increased number of people interested and actively involved in social justice issues. Caring for the poor and caring for the least of these has always been a part of the church, but as social justice issues like stopping bullying, eliminating sex trafficking, racial reconciliation, the environment, and religious liberty make headlines on the nightly news, how will the church be a catalyst for positive change in our culture while staying on track with our primary gospel mission?
Culture Crash #7: Immigration
It’s in the headlines nearly every day. How does the church respond to the sharp political and social debate current occurring around the topic of immigration? It’s a difficult subject that churches will ultimately have to deal with, and we’d like to start the discussion here.
Will you join us?
Thanks for helping us start this most-important discussion!
Producer - The Nines Culture Crash
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