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Harding Lectures Audio Files

Last month, I had the honor of taking part in the Harding Lectureship. Several people who were unable to attend the Lectureship have asked me if there is a way to hear my presentations, and there is! You can click on the links below to listen to the lectures:

You can listen to a variety of other presentations from this year’s lectureship by going here.

2 Comments

  1. I just finished listening to these. As a Christian parent of two young girls, this topic is of great interest. I really appreciate the research and good advice.

    Take away: My wife and I want our girls to experience faith in the context of our family, both at home and with the church body. We are going to have to be diligent to not outsource their mentoring to paid ministers, or anyone else for that matter. We need to incorporate them into our worship and service because it will benefit them and us.

    By the way… my observation is that our age segregation problems are not limited to the youth. We’ve been in a “young marrieds” class and then a “young families” class for years. Events outside the context of class and worship are mostly organized by age (college, young marrieds, seniors, etc.) The segregation isn’t quite as defined as with the youth, but it is there.

    • Towell,

      Hey buddy, thanks for listening to the lectures and for your comments. I think your takeaway points are right on target. 🙂

      I think your observations about age segregation in older groups are accurate as well. And just like with kids and teenagers, i think this can be problematic. As I mention in the last lecture, I think there is a place for age-targeted ministry, but it needs to be kept in balance with an intergenerational focus. For example, I know of a congregation that splits their Sunday Bible classes based largely on age groups, but then forces those groups to break up for class on Wednesday evenings and mingle with the rest of the congregation. That strikes me as a healthy balance. So I don’t know exactly what the setup is at your church or to what degree you could work to alter that setup, but I think it would be advisable to not have people be in their groups all the time.

      Hope you and your family are doing well!

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