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Tim Dahl wrote:I've noticed many people speaking of the aging attendees of the various convention. I've even made mention of it, making reference to the ones I've attended.
What I've noticed is that there are some young attendees at every convention's meeting. But, I've never seen any hard numbers come out from these events as to the ratio of younger to older attendees. Is it 1:2, or 1:5? Is it something closer to 1:50 or 1:100? I wouldn't even begin to know how to find out those ratios. I don't remember a place to put my age on the last BGCT Annual Convention registration form I filled out.
The only event that I've experienced with a visualy large group of 35 year olds or less has been at an Epicenter conference. It was the BGCT Evangelism Conference when Rick Davis was the Evangelism Director. It featured Dallas Willard, and there were tons of young ministers that showed up. I remember thinking that the whole minister alliance from my days at Howard Payne University was there.
Dave Roberts wrote:CBFVA just sponsored two Mission Madness Weekend's that had more young people wanting to attend and do misisons than we get in total attendance for CBFVA General Assembly meetings. The generational divide may be about doing missions, not just talking about them. Meetings don't attract the 18 to 35 crowd at all.
Tim Dahl wrote:It is easy to say that one group does better at getting the young out, especially without quantifiable data. Instead, we are left with personal observation. When I went to the TB Annual Meeting, I hung out at the HPU and Truett booths; thereby seeing lots of "younger" folks. But the problem is, what I consider "lots" probably isn't that great of a number. When I looked out at the audience during the main assembly times, it was mostly nice suites and gray hair. Was I in the wrong seating to see all of the young folks? Maybe. Were they all hanging out in the lobby, talking and catching up? Possibly. But, my "impression" was that the older folks vastly outnumbered the younger.
All that it is...
...is an impression.
With out quantifiable data, all we have are impressions.
I want the CBF to have lots of young people. I can see where the past emphasis of being incarnating Christ in the community could really spark with that age groups tendencies toward volunteerism. I really liked the emphasis on spiritual disciplines, especially the 23 week curriculum. Granted, I wish they would break it up into 7-8 week bites; but it has been the best thing out there (imo). That more experiential emphasis (experiencing Christ through the disciplines) can also spark well with the younger group. I would love for the CBF to be bulging at the seems with younger participants. I would love it... I would love... I would...
But, without some kind of quantifiable data what do we have?
Big Daddy Weaver wrote:Any bets on what the dinner menu will be? I generally enjoy the chicken at these type of hotel conference dinners. But the rest is downhill. The food is more pretty than tasty.
Ed Pettibone wrote:Big Daddy Weaver wrote:Any bets on what the dinner menu will be? I generally enjoy the chicken at these type of hotel conference dinners. But the rest is downhill. The food is more pretty than tasty.
Ed: If I where on the planning committee I would object strongly to chicken being the only choice. Yea1 Chicken is cheap. That is about all it has going as far as I am concerned. Give me a decent slice of roast beef or Ham. For Twenty bucks they ought to be able to do a couple pork chops. I would rather have Meatloaf than Chicken. I would pay an extra $5.00 for a decent fillet of beef.
Big Daddy Weaver wrote:I'm down about 45 pounds since January 1. Still looking to drop another 30 or so. My wife is about 5 month pregnant, for a long time got nauseated at the sight and smell of everything I enjoy to eat and craves foods that turn my belly. So I've been cutting back, sticking with the more simply and easy things that I know how to prepare.
Didn't realize till I shed some pounds how poorly my leg had been rehabbed from my car accident recovery in 2006. Unfortunately, the more active I now am, the more problems I'm having with my knee, which was originally hurt in a season-ending football injury in HS(guy drilled my knee while i was standing upright on late hit) and seems to have worsened from having an inadequately rehabbed weak leg (broke the femur in two places).
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