Willow Creek Association UK & Ireland

WCA UK & Ireland

Church and Culture Conference 2017

Please note: unfortunately the Church and Culture Conference in the UK has been cancelled. 

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Details of the New UK Conference from Mecklenburg Community Church

The annual Church & Culture Conference has a clear target on the wall: each year, new and updated content on the most pressing cultural trends and realities. If the church’s mission is the evangelisation and transformation of culture, then knowing what is happening culturally is paramount.

However, the 2017 Church & Culture Conference isn’t simply about the latest cultural insight – it is about the practice of ministry in light of those insights. Teaching will be led by author and pastor James Emery White in partnership with Mecklenburg Community Church (which experiences 70 percent annual growth from the unchurched). The event will feature the following plenary sessions:

“The Nones, Generation Z, and the New Post-Christian World”

The rise of the nones has produced the first post-Christian generation in American history, “Generation Z,” which is also the largest generation of our day. In this session, James Emery White – author of Rise of the Nones and Meet Generation Z – will update the most bleeding-edge trends related to the nones, lay-out the most important marks of Generation Z, and offer three critical approaches to reaching them for Christ. These three approaches have helped Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) become a church of 10,000 active attenders.

“Apologetics in a Post-Truth World”

Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year was “post-truth.” What does that mean for our culture, and specifically, for making a case for the truth of the Christian faith? Dr. White will explore the nature of today’s “truthiness” and how a new cultural bridge might be built through such things as ghosts and Galileo, neo-atheists and cynics – cultural bridges that continue to help Meck achieve over 70 percent of its annual growth through the previously unchurched.

“The Trends We’ll Be Talking About in 2020”

Pulling from his wide reading and analysis, observation and cultural engagement, James Emery White will offer a set of trends that may prove to be the future challenges of the church, including such thought-provoking developments as the “neo-medieval” and the “daily me.” But don’t think this is attempting to “guess” at the future – each trend is already taking root, and this session will tell you where and how.

The following are the 2017 conference dates and locations:

Please note: unfortunately the Church and Culture Conference in the UK has been cancelled. 

  • Bracknell – 30 March
  • Cambridge – 1 April
  • London – 3 April