Submission Title

North American Christianity? Quo Vadis?

Presenter Information

Marianne Sfeir, Whitworth University

Session Number

RS13

Location

Robinson 229

Abstract Number

RS13-a

Abstract

Today, the American church finds itself in the midst of a secularization process, whereby Christianity has become increasingly irrelevant and obsolete to youth. The presentation focuses on one of the biggest challenges for the church in the 21st century, i.e. the need to adapt without compromising the gospel. Based on the spiritual journey of a Lebanese expatriate living in the U.S., it explores aspects of American church culture oscillating between secularization, atheism, and attraction to Christ. It calls on U.S. Christians to become a church that wrestles with hard questions, invests in individuals instead of mass numbers, and naturally depends on God.

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North American Christianity? Quo Vadis?

Robinson 229

Today, the American church finds itself in the midst of a secularization process, whereby Christianity has become increasingly irrelevant and obsolete to youth. The presentation focuses on one of the biggest challenges for the church in the 21st century, i.e. the need to adapt without compromising the gospel. Based on the spiritual journey of a Lebanese expatriate living in the U.S., it explores aspects of American church culture oscillating between secularization, atheism, and attraction to Christ. It calls on U.S. Christians to become a church that wrestles with hard questions, invests in individuals instead of mass numbers, and naturally depends on God.