Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest
Parish Life Conference
Hosted by: St. George Orthodox Church; Indianapolis, IN
Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville Indianapolis Conference Center
June 24-28, 2020

David John Seel, Jt. is a cultural renewal entrepreneur and social impact consultant. He was the former director of cultural engagement at the John Templeton Foundation and is the founder of John Seel Consulting LLC,  specializing on millennial research. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Austin College.

In The New Copernicans: Understanding the Millennial Contribution to the Church, author John Seel, PhD, provides a road map to this new millennial landscape, and an antidote to being drawn off course.

"Our millennial children, as well as nonchurchgoing millennials, are both the church's greatest challenge and its most exciting new opportunity."
—John Seel, PhD

Warning: There is a fundamental frame of reference shift in American society happening right now among young adults. You may think of this group as millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—but millennials resist this label for good reason: the national narrative on them is pejorative, patronizing, and just plain wrong.

Here's what we do know:
Of Americans with a church background, 76 percent are described as "religious nones" or unaffiliated—and it's the fastest growing segment of the population.
Close to 40 percent of millennials fit this religious profile.
Roughly 80 percent of teens in evangelical church high school youth groups will abandon their faith after two years in college.

It's unlikely that the evangelical church can survive if it is uniformly rejected by millennials, and yet:
Millennial pastors and youth ministers are disempowered; their perspective is often not taken seriously by senior church leadership.
Most millennial research is framed in categories rejected by millennials; that is, left-brained, analytical communication is lost on right-brained, intuitive millennials.
Evangelicals' bias toward rational left-brained thinking makes the church seem tone-deaf.

What's next? Read on. John Seel suggests survival strategies—communication on-ramps for genuine human connection with the next generation. It can be done.


Read David John Steel recent book, The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church.  Click the image below to purchase the book from Amazom.


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Hotel Reservation: May 31, 2020

Souvenir Journal: April 26, 2020

Vendor Registration: May 1, 2020

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Antiochian Archdiocese of North America

Antiochian Archdiocese - Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest

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The Embassy Suites has extended the group rate three days before and two days after the PLC dates (June 21-28, 2020).  To secue these dates please call the hotel direct: 317.674.1900 and make reference to the group code: Diocese of Toledo and have your confirmation number avaialble.  This base on availability.