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Young Adults and Significant Life Events

At church on Sunday I approached my friend Ed and asked, “would you mind if I shared the story of our relationship in the program I am helping to run at my job?” He smiled, laughed and said, “Sure.” I felt like I did a really poor job explaining what it was I was asking of him. I’ll give you, …

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Welcome our new Graduate Theology Research Assistant-Abby Sham

One of the initiatives of Pivot NW is to deploy some budding theologians and pastoral leaders in service to the grant research. These graduate theology students will be stretched in areas complimentary to their seminary experience. To name a few; curriculum development, ethnography (study of culture of individuals and people groups), research curation, social media management in church and parachurch …

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Welcome our new Graduate Theology Research Assistant-Caitlinn Betteridge

One of the initiatives of Pivot NW is to deploy some budding theologians and pastoral leaders in service to the grant research. These graduate theology students will be stretched in areas complimentary to their seminary experience. To name a few; curriculum development, ethnography (study of culture of individuals and people groups), research curation, social media management in church and parachurch …

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Welcome our new Graduate Theology Research Assistant-Susanna Hoke

One of the initiatives of Pivot NW is to deploy some budding theologians and pastoral leaders in service to the grant research. These graduate theology students will be stretched in areas complimentary to their seminary experience. To name a few; curriculum development, ethnography (study of culture of individuals and people groups), research curation, social media management in church and parachurch …

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Where have all the young adults gone?

Heather Kohlman Olsen is a Doctoral student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program as well as a millennial herself. The questions she is investigating are what “barriers” and “on-ramps” to religious participation exist for 20-somethings in the PNW, and what ought we to do about them?  The last time I was sitting in church, I looked around during the offering and …

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Church Differentiators

Gabrielle Metzler is a Doctoral student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program but also a millennial herself. Because of this Gabrielle bears her own faith and that of her peers as she investigates the cultures of churches that have thriving Young Adult Populations. Research suggests that several core values are important to young adults. These values include: purpose/meaning, relationships/belonging, personal transformation, …

Pentecostal Birth

  Pentecostal Birth as the Key to the Church’s Identity* “the church is not a religious community of those who revere Christ, but Christ who has taken form among human beings. . . . The church is nothing but that piece of humanity where Christ has really taken form.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer I’m going to go out on a limb and …

Pivot NW Statement on Charlottesville

The last few days has seen many responses to the events in Charlottesville this last weekend. From the POTUS to the late night TV comedians; the cable news shows and twitter handles of congress; the mayors, university presidents, and thought leaders from all perspectives. As social science researchers and theologians we wouldn’t presume to have anything exceptionally prescient to add …