The (New) Landscape of American Religion: Belonging Precedes Believing

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Dr. Josh Packard, executive director of Springtide Research Institute will discuss new research data that shows how the religious landscape has shifted in America over the last 50 years, ushering in an era of massive mistrust and institutional disaffiliation across all sectors. He will share what nearly two years of research with young people show about how to build lasting relationships that are influential and impactful.

Those engaged in ministries of leadership, formation, and vocation promotion are invited to join CMSM and Springtide Research Institute to learn about the results of a study involving more than 15,000 surveys and nearly 200 interviews with 13–25 year-olds, and how it will impact the next generation of men entering religious life.

The presenter will discuss

  • Relational authority as an important part of connecting with young people
  • How our current approach needs to change to have a true impact
  • What kind of mentorship can help young people thrive in their vocation, home and social lives.

You’ll see why belonging precedes believing, how talking about “generations” has become the last acceptable place to express bias, and that the major site for living out meaning in 21st century has become the workplace.

CMSM members and collaborators: register here.

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