The Assemblies of God national Single and Young Adult Ministries department has announced that the national FutureGen and Single Adult Ministries 2006 interdenominational conferences will both be held this coming March.
The FutureGen Conference, for leaders of America's next generation, is slated for Mar. 20-22, with the SAM conference immediately following on Mar. 23-25 both at the Sheraton Crescent hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.
The FutureGen Conference will offer topic, such as They Like Jesus but not the Church, Traits of Healthy 20-somethings, Metro v. Retro: A Guide to Understanding Next Generation Singles, Digital Storytellers: How to Create Powerful Media in Worship, and Coaching Ministry Teams.
Speakers include Ken Baugh, Trevor Bron, Margaret Feinberg, Mark Baas, Mike Kelsey, Dan Kimball, Randy Jumper and Todd Phillips.
Pre-convention "Intensive Seminars" plus dozens of workshops will round out the eight breakout sessions.
The Single Adult Ministries conference will offer pre-convention seminars as well and feature more than 60 different workshops during nine breakout sessions during its three-day event. The workshop tracks include Leadership Development, Ministry, Issues, Counseling, Single Parent Family Ministry, Community, Discipleship and Communicating.
Featured speakers will include AG SAM Director Dennis Franck, James Garlow, Leonard Sweet, Nancy Ortbert and Don Wilson. Workshop leaders will include: Martha Beck, Rich Avila, Noel Becchetti, Kim Ciftci, Tim Cleary, Dennis Franck and many others.
Both conferences offer discounted early and group registration rates until Jan. 31, 2006, with special offers for attending both conferences available.
Research shows that "accepting Christ" and making a profession of faith today makes little to no difference in a young person's attitude and behavior.
According to the Barna Group, sixty-three percent don't believe Jesus is the Son of the one true God, 58 percent believe all faiths teach equally valued truths, 51 percent don't believe Jesus rose from the dead, 65 percent don't believe Satan is a real entity, 68 percent don't believe the Holy Spirit is a real entity, and 70 percent don't believe an absolute moral truth exists.
And according to the Josh McDowell Ministry, the vast majority of young people have distorted beliefs about Christ and Christianity. Those with such distorted views are 200 percent more likely to physically hurt someone, 300 percent more likely to use illegal drugs, and 600 percent more likely to attempt suicide.