First off – Mark Driscoll takes aim at Serial Christian Conference Goers.
- It’s funny, because at the conference I went to last week, I mentioned to a buddy – “It’s mind-blowing how many churches pay for their entire staff to be here. Granted some probably got discount tickets (or free like me). But I can’t believe someone in the church isn’t calling churches out for funding their staff to conference hop at $300 a pop (costing time AND money).
- Cue Mark Driscoll
For those of you in college ministry, here’s a bucketload of links about the students/colleges we serve:
- Some Crazy facts: This month, after graduating college, 85% of new grads will move back in with mom & dad. And some polls are reporting 54% unemployment for college grads. (Time Magazine article via @the99percent)
- Think there’s pressure to drink in college? The Harvard Business Review reports: “References to alcohol appear on 85.3% of male college students’ Facebook pages”
- A telling article from the NYTimes on how treating students as consumers has led to less academic rigor in higher ed
- The Economist tackles the question: Is there a higher education bubble (and how do we even evaluate that)? HT @DanielPink
- Dave Kinnaman, president of The Barna Group, says there are 3 things that will define ministry to young people over the next decade (read more- my notes from his talk at Catalyst).
1) Unprecedented Access – to products, services, ideas, and worldviews
2) Alienation – New levels of isolation from family, from community, from each other
3) Authority – Confidence/trust in leaders has drastically decreased in the last few decades
Sobering facts on college graduates and the dismal economic outlook from the HuffPost College:
“A new survey of college graduates from the last five years finds that the Great Recession has hit them hard, forcing them into low-paying jobs often unrelated to their educations and leaving half of them expecting less financial success than their parents.”
- 83% of college graduates worked when they were in college
- The median starting salary for those who graduated between 2006 and 2008 was $30,000. For the 2009 and 2010 grads, it dipped to $27,000
- Nearly half the graduates say they’re working at jobs that don’t require a college education
- Nearly half say they’re subsidized in some way by their parents or other family members
- About half say they personally don’t expect to do as well as their parents. And 56 percent say their generation won’t do as well as their parents’ generation.
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