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Phillips Recruiter Joins Author to Discuss Changes in Christianity

Christianity as we know it is about to change, leaving room and opportunity to reimagine what it means to follow Jesus, according to Christian Piatt’s new book, “postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?Josh Linton, the Director of Recruitment at Phillips Theological Seminary, thinks the ideas in Piatt’s book relate to seminary education.

“At Phillips, we’re trying to overcome old models of seminary education that are restrictive to being effective resources for ministries and churches,” Linton said. “We can’t train leaders for churches that aren’t there; we have to train leaders for the church as it is and as it will be.”

Linton will join Piatt on Sunday, Oct. 26, as a co-host for a recording of CultureCast, a podcast that addresses how various social issues intersect with religion. The recording will take place during a Beer and Hymns event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at East Side Christian Church, located at 1438 S. Indianapolis Ave. in Tulsa.

Linton says the podcast will focus on the role that seminary education needs to play in changing models of Christian ministry and include interviews with local leaders who are engaging in ministry in new ways.

“All of these conversations are shaping what ministry is and who can be engaged in it,” Linton said. “What I hope is that we can find our place in this conversation and support its momentum.”

Linton thinks leaders in both traditional and new models of ministry share a value system of why they engage in ministry. He thinks the podcast is a space that can bring those conversations together.

“It’s our way of listening,” he said. “We want to make sure what we’re doing as an institution of higher education is relevant, that it matters.”

For more information about Piatt, visit christianpiatt.com


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