This month, The Gathering Place hosts Sarah Bixler as she presents
“Youth Attachment to God and the Church:
Should the Church Act Like Fly Paper?”
Wednesday, May 17, 1pm EDT
Some congregations hope their youth ministers will transform them into fly paper: get their youth to stick to the church (preferably, their congregation) and not disappear into thin air after high school. But is the fly-paper model the best one for nurturing a lifelong commitment to Christ in the Anabaptist tradition? In this webinar, Sarah Ann Bixler, PhD student at Princeton Seminary will present that attachment theory provides another lens for considering how adolescents attach to congregations, which comes in all forms: avoidant, ambivalent, disorganized and secure attachment. And recent brain research provides more insights when it comes to adolescents’ attachment. This webinar explores how congregations can nurture ideal attachment for adolescents in their care that ultimately leads to their attachment to God in Christ. Sign up today!
Sarah Ann Bixler is a PhD student in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, focusing on Christian education and formation. A former youth minister at Zion Mennonite Church (Broadway, VA), Sarah has also worked as a middle school teacher, youth curriculum writer, conference youth minister, conference administrator and residence director. She currently resides in Princeton, NJ with her husband, Benjamin Bixler, and their three children. They attend Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia.