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Pastors Conference with Andy Root

About Andy Root:

Root is a leading voice in the field of practical theology, seeking to apply the best theological reflection to everyday problems of ministry.  His work helps ministry leaders think deeply about the work they do with youth, families, and emerging adults in today’s culture.

Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is the author of a new four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry).  He is also the author of the 2012 Christianity Today Book of Merit award for The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011).  His other books include The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).  Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs.

How do I…
  • respond when divorce tears a family apart?
  • create meaningful relationships in a lonely world?
  • reach the next generation with the good news of Christ?
  • connect my theology with my day-to-day ministry?

On December 6 &7, 2012 Andy Root will be leading a two day conference at Houghton.  He will speak on divorce, relational ministry, and the importance of the Theology of Incarnation.  Root’s content will prove to be beneficial for anyone who interacts with adolescents.  This conference is open to pastors, youth pastors, volunteer leaders, and laity. 

The two day format will allow attendees to either stay overnight on campus or commute.  We welcome individual attendees as well as groups.

Registration deadline
extended to December 3

Register now

What others are saying:

“Andrew Root is poised to lead the field in rethinking youth ministry as a practical theological discipline.”
-Kenda Creasy Dean, associate professor of youth, church and culture, Princeton Theological Seminary

“Root explodes the myth that those involved with youth ministry can be excused from being theologians and that theologians can be exempted from writing a theology for youth ministry.”
-Ray S. Anderson, senior professor of theology and ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary