Intersection of culture and Christian faith

April 26 & 27, 2024
at W83 Ministry Center, 150 W. 83rd St.

Navigating the complexities of today’s culture poses a twofold challenge for Christians: how can we address societal issues like race, gender, and free speech with friends from a Christian perspective, and how do we discuss Jesus without jeopardizing relationships?

At Engaging Culture, we will explore and equip attendees with the tools and encouragement needed to articulate their convictions confidently. Over this two-day event, we will provide insight rooted in biblical wisdom and foster a space where dialogue strengthens the fabric of loving friendships. Join us as we explore the intersection of faith and culture with grace, resolve, and authenticity.

speakers

Sam Chan

Sam Chan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the lead mentor and trainer at EvQ School of Evangelism, a ministry of City Bible Forum. Based in Australia, he is the author of several books including, Evangelism in a Skeptical World and How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being That Guy). In these, Sam breaks down how to share Jesus in both vocational ministry and everyday settings. Speaking at conferences around the world on storytelling, apologetics, and the practice of evangelism in a post-Christian culture, Sam also blogs at espressotheology.com .

Keith Plummer

Keith Plummer (MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is dean of the School of Divinity and professor of theology at Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He previously served on the pastoral staff of Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church in Wheeling, Illinois. He is published in Before You Lose Your Faith: Deconstructing Doubt in the Church and The Digital Public Square: Christian Ethics in a Technological Society. He and his wife have two children.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin holds a PhD from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Seminary in London. She is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims, and Jesus Through the Eyes of Women. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram, or her website at rebeccamclaughlin.org

location

W83 Ministry Center
150 W. 83rd St. (between Amsterdam and Columbus Ave.)

Nearest Subway Stops
79th St. (1) and 81st St. (B,C)

schedule

Friday, April 26, 2024

7:30 pm | Session 1
Sam Chan | Traction: How to Make the Good News Stick – Today’s culture keeps drifting further and further away from Jesus. So how do we talk about Jesus in a world that no longer wants to listen?

Saturday, April 27, 2024

3:30 pm | Afternoon breakout 

Keith Plummer | Always Be Ready to … Ask a Question? – Jesus made use of questions in his teaching ministry with pivotal results. In this breakout, we will learn how to communicate by asking questions while discovering the kinds of questions we should ask.

Andrew Field | Mental Health: Grace and Love in Darkness – Together, we will explore how Christians can engage in the cultural discusssions around mental health. Learn how to begin supportive and hope-filled conversations that point to the grace of Jesus in the midst of people’s deep suffering.

7 pm | Session 2

Rebecca McLaughlin | Science, Sex, and Suffering: Is Science Believable Today? – Science, sex, and suffering are three big reasons many people in the West today have for dismissing Christianity. In this session, Rebecca will argue that they are actually pointers to faith in Jesus, not roadblocks.

Discussion Panel | Engaging Culture Q&A

pricing

Conference rate

$60 | adults
$25 | students

Cancellation policy: Refunds minus a $5 processing fee will be issued until April 22, 2024. After that, no refunds will be issued. To request a refund, please contact engagingculture@redeemerws.com.

Scholarship information: Please email engagingculture@redeemerws.com for assistance.

frequently asked questions

At this time, there is no plan to provide a recording. This is an in-person event.

No, the conference will not be livestreamed. This is an in-person event only.

You must register and pay in advance online. Registration closes at 10 pm on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

Dinner and lunch will not be provided. A light reception will follow Friday’s events.

There are many cafes and dining options nearby.
The W83 Loft will have table-seating available between 5:30 and 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 27. Feel free to pick up your dinner and join us on the 5th floor!

Childcare will not be available.

As this conference is geared toward adults, we ask that children not attend the sessions. (A special room will be available for nursing mothers.) We do, however, encourage high school students to attend. Each person attending must be registered.

Yes! If you are a high school or college student, we would love for you to attend! The student rate is $25 until April 25, 2024. Please email engagingculture@redeemerws.com for more information.

We will have information on volunteer opportunities coming soon!

No, you do not have to be a congregant of a Redeemer Network Church to attend. If you identify as a Christian and are struggling with how to respond in our current cultural climate, we would love for you to join us!

You may transfer your registration by emailing engagingculture@redeemerws.com. Transfers are the responsibility of the two parties involved. RWS is not responsible for arranging payment for transferred registrations. Transfers will not be available after April 24, 2024.