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Listening to the Lives of Young People

March 12, 2021 @ 9:00 AM CT - March 12, 2021 @ 10:30 AM CT


Joshua Packard, PhD.

Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute


Dr. Packard is an accomplished researcher, speaker, and academic studying the sociology of religion and new forms of religious expression. He has written numerous articles and given dozens of speeches about religion in America. He is also author, with Ashleigh Hope, of Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith (Group, 2015). 

Join us for a series of 90-minute workshops, featuring Josh Packard, PhD, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute. This series will focus on how young people’s religious longings and belongings shift, expand, and change. Religious leaders must be prepared to serve these impulses wherever expressed — including in online gatherings, political discourses, or workplaces.


This series is sponsored by a grant, Support and Synergy for Youth and Young Adult Ministers. The primary goal of the grant is to provide networking and educational opportunities for those who work with youth and young adults in ministerial settings in order to increase the effectiveness and the depth of their ministry. This series, however, is recommended for anyone who works with, lives with, or loves youth and young adults!


March 12 | 9:00 am CST

The State of Religion and Young Catholics: Relational Authority    

This presentation relies on data from Springtide Research Institute’s 2020 State of Religion and Young People study to explain how we need to rethink everything when it comes to the ways we engage with the most diverse generation in history.  The most effective way to engage with young people is by establishing your relational authority.  Drawing on an exclusive analysis of data of young Catholics, this presentation explains the five dimensions of relational authority and offers practical ways that you can practice all of the elements when working with young people to create stronger, more influential relationships.  Explicit connections between the data-driven Relational Authority model and the Catholic framework of accompaniment are made. 


Sponsored by Support and Synergy for Youth and Young Adult Ministers


This event will take place via Zoom. RSVP below to receive the event link for both events.

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