Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Author hosts event for youth ministry workers, volunteers


Andrew Root

Author and educator Andrew Root will be at Oklahoma City University to lead a free event focused on the challenges and realities of modern youth ministry.

The event will be held on Feb. 21 in Room 100 of the Sarkeys Center at OCU. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a dinner break at 5 p.m. and continued conversation from 7p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees should plan to wear a mask.

Youth face many demands on their time such as school work, academic teams and sports activities. Though these realities pose challenges to youth ministry leaders and parents, Root believes they don’t need to lead to frustration. The event will help attendees reconsider the purpose of youth ministry and free themselves from the pressure of competition.

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 “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).

For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Long at llong@okcu.edu.


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