UBA's Join the Conversation seminars and dialogue provide an opportunity to explore current challenges churches face in the 21st Century. Video links are listed in date order, most current first.
Being the Church in an Urban Culture with Keelan Cook, Urban Missiologist.
Being the church effectively in a 21st century urban culture requires a new way of thinking about church. Cook explores how our definition of "urban" must change.
Religious Freedom and the Persecution of the Church with Randel Everett, Founder of The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.
The erosion of religious freedoms and the persecution of the church worldwide are concerns addressed by The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.
Cultivating a Culture of Generosity with Roger Patterson, Senior Pastor of West University Baptist Church Houston.
Patterson and Dan Hall, founder of On Course Solutions, share foundational practices and ideas to develop a generously giving church.
When the State Comes to Church with Steven Lewis, Attorney.
Lewis and Tom Billings explore the implications of current church/state relationships and how the church may effectively respond to legal issues in today's changing culture.
Economics and the World of Charitable Giving with Clif Christopher, Founder/President of Horizons Stewardship
Christopher explores the reasons why people give or fail to give to the church or other charitable organizations, including the increasingly competitive culture of charitable giving and the three pockets that givers draw from.
About Technology with Matt Butcher, data programmer, philosopher, and sometime-theologian
Butcher, Josh Ellis, and Tom Billings explore the impact of technology on the church and how the church can best leverage the advances in technology.
About Millennials with Nick Howard & Thomas Billings, Jr
With Tom Billings and Josh Ellis, this generationally diverse panel explores the impact the Millennials are having on the future of the church.
The Future: Under Construction with Tom Billings and Josh Ellis
Billings and Ellis identify and expand upon key trends affecting the future of the church. (01/09/2014)