Apr 25 2012
Conference seeks to nurture children, youth in 'new kind of Christianity' [Excerpts]
Scheduled May 7-10, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., the Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity conference will bring leaders, ministers, volunteers, parents and students together for dialogue about the spiritual formation of children and youth in the “emergent” or “missional” church.
Nationally known presenters include progressive evangelical social activists like Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo and Jim Wallis alongside children’s and youth ministry experts such as Ivy Beckwith, Joyce Bellous, Amy Dolan and Michael Novelli.
McLaren, author of books including A New Kind of Christianity, said in a promotional video that in his travels he has heard a recurring theme that new forms of ministry, worship and community taking root and growing around the world are not being transmitted effectively to children and youth.
Presented by Emergent Village, Wood Lake Books, Virginia Theological Seminary and Calvary Baptist Church, sponsors include the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Dave Csinos, chair of the conference planning committee, said that along with event sponsorship by the national CBF, the CBF of Virginia will sponsor an opening reception.
[TBC: McLaren’s purpose is to “reach” Christian youth with his ideas, which in practice deviates little from far left politicians, and is devoid of the hope of the Gospel. For example, the speakers at this apostate event include Rev. Jeremiah Wright and speaker’s topics include: Ivy Beckwith, “Godspell, Footloose (the original) and a New Kind of Children and Youth Ministry,” Susan Burt, “Opening the World of Faith by Nurturing the Imaginative, Questioning Spirit,” Patricia Lyons, “Harry Potter, God and Youth: Using Fiction to Transform Young Readers into Young Theologians,” Dave McNeely, “A New Kind of Sexuality: Finding a Framework,” Melinda Melone, “Welcoming Rainbow Kids: Resources and Approaches for Working with Youth in the GLBTIQA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Ally) Community.”]