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Dr. Chap Clark on the Church and Today’s Adolescent

November 6, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


“Sticky Faith: The Church and Today’s Adolescent”

Dr. Chap Clark delivers a lecture entitled, “Sticky Faith: The Church and Today’s Adolescent.” There is no question that life is changing, and changing rapidly. As a consequence, for lots of reasons, we live in an increasingly adult-centric society that without thinking, relentlessly subjects children and adolescents to the pressures of adult-driven agendas. Like no time in history, today’s youth grow up knowing that the only way to survive is as a tribe apart – and it’s our systems and structure, even in the church, that contributes to this increasing isolation. In this lecture, we’ll discuss the ways that we can connect with our youth and provide the foundational support they need to reflect on their dreams, their relationships and their lives.



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Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Seminary, President of ParenTeen, Inc., and co-interim preaching pastor at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. Chap is also chair of Christian Discipleship department. Formerly the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, an administrative and senior pastor, a Sojourner contributing writer and “Red Letter Communicator,” and currently president of ParenTeen™, he’s also a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author or co-author of 24 books, including the award-winning Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, Sticky Faith, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith and the forthcoming Practicing Adoptive Youth Ministry. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an area and regional director and training director; and for the last 25 years while a seminary professor, Chap has served as a consulting producer for a reality television production company. Chap and Dee have three grown children, one grandchild (and another on the way) and mostly live in Gig Harbor, WA.