Intercultural Perspectives on Ministry among Emerging Adults
Emerging Adults Consortium | Session 4 (Panel Discussion)
Intercultural perspectives on emerging adulthood bring important depth and texture to any and all conversations about emerging adulthood. Each panelist in our intercultural perspectives panel shared fresh stories and significant experiences drawn from their time working in non-white, immigrant, and diaspora ministry settings. By sharing their stories, they not only helped us identify points of convergence and divergence with contemporary research on emerging adults. They also helped us see how crucial intercultural perspectives are for any person who hopes to minister to emerging adults. The panelists challenged our assumptions, offered significant insights, and raised thought-provoking questions.
Jared E. Alcántara is Assistant Professor of Homiletics at TEDS. His teaching and research is primarily in preaching, but he also has a special interest in Emerging Adults and social media. He has served as a youth pastor and associate pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Oregon and, from 2010-2014, he was a part-time teaching pastor in New Jersey. He is an ordained Baptist minister. Prior to Trinity, Jared also served as an adjunct instructor in New York City, a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a guest lecturer for a homiletics course in Coonoor, India. Jared has written for journals such as Preaching, The Journal of the EHS, andMedia Development, and his first book Crossover Preaching (IVP Academic) will be released in October 2015. He lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters. He enjoys disc golf and is a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan.