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  School of Congregational Development 2018

Wednesday, August 15th to Saturday, August 18th, 2018

           Town and Country Resort
                     San Diego, CA

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
10:00 am          Registration
  2:00 pm         Pre-Conference

5:00 pm          Dinner on Your Own

  7:30 pm         Opening Worship and
  8:45 pm          End of Evening                           

Thursday, August 16

  6:30 am          Breakfast provided at
                        Town & Country

  8:30 am         Plenary I
10:00 am          Coffee Break                    10:30 am         Workshop 1:
12:00 pm          Lunch on your own          
2:00 pm         Workshop 2:
  3:30 pm          Break                             
4:00 pm         Workshop 3:
5:30 pm          Dinner and Evening on
                        your own 

  6:00 pm          Scholarship Recipients

  7:30 pm         Plenary II

Friday, August 17

  6:30 am          Breakfast provided at 
                        Town & Country

  8:30 am         Plenary III
10:00 am          Break                              
10:30 am         Workshop 3:  
12:00 pm          Lunch on your own
 2:00 pm          Workshop 4:

3:30 pm          Break                        
4:00 pm         Plenary IV
  4:00 pm         Online Course
                         (In Spanish)                  
5:30 pm          Dinner and Evening on
                        your own 

  5:30 pm          New Church Celebration

Saturday, August 18                               6:30 am          Breakfast provided at
                        Town & Country

  8:00 am         Online Course 
  8:30 am         IdeaMarts #1

  9:15 am          Break    

  9:15 am         IdeaMarts #2     

10:30 am          Break                                        
11:00 am         Sending Forth             
12:00 pm          End of Event Event                             

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Discipleship Ministries

Global Ministries

Path 1

Hosted by the Cal-Pac 





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Jean Twenge to Speak at SCD 2018 San Diego

Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me and the newly released iGen will be one of the plenary speakers at the 2018 School of Congregational Development which will be in San Diego on August 15th to the 18th, 2018.

Twenge’s article on ‘Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?’ has been listed as one of the most popular articles on The Atlantic Magazine’s online site. As a researcher and professor of psychology at San Diego State University, her keen insights on the life of teenagers and college students will give participants at SCD the newest research on our youngest generation.


In her article she expresses her concerns about the impact of the use of smartphones on the iGen, those born between 1995 and 2012. She says, “The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health.”  She points out that while teenagers are physically more safe than previous generations, this doesn’t mean their mental health is any better.


“Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed sine 2011.  It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Most of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.”


For pastors, youth workers, parents, and church leaders, her message is well worth hearing. While teenagers may seem to be more connected through the techgear, the reality is a smartphone is a poor substitute to real life experiences and relationships.


In her book, iGen she explores another aspect of teenage life in her chapter on ‘Irreligious: Losing My Religion (and Spirituality).’ Whereas earlier generations may have said, “Spiritual but not religious.”  Today’s young people are saying, “Not spiritual and not religious.”  (iGen, p. 130)


As going to church is no longer the norm for teenagers and their Millennial parents, those under the age of 24 have less and less an affinity to Christianity.  Rather than embracing faith, many see religion as being judgmental and hypocritical - not open to the diversity of the younger generation.  Twenge notes, “They want their religion to be more positive and less negative, to focus on what to do rather than what not to do, and to accept everyone.”  (iGen, p. 140)

As local churches look to the future, they will need to focus on building relationships, affirming young people’s quest for identity, and learn to interact through technology in radical new ways if they hope to be part of the lives of young people.

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Comment by Robert E Walker Jr on November 11, 2017 at 10:13pm

Look forward to hearing her next year. I believe she is right especially about the smartphone and it's relationship with our children and each other. I would add video games to the conversation and a discussion on how to utilize video games in communicating with our iGen.

Robert E. Walker, Jr. 

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