2021 All-Church Retreat

“Anxious Church:
Being Disciples in a Mid-Pandemic World”

Led by
Dr. Andrew Root
Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary

Friday, October 15, 7:30-9 p.m.
(Sign-in begins at 7:15 p.m.)

Session 1:
Topic: Families, the Good Life, the Need for a Story: Or Why Everything Else is More Important than Church.


Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Breakfast at 8 a.m.)

Session 2:  9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Topic: Why are They Leaving? Mis-Diagnosing Our Challenges in a Secular Age.

Session 3:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Topic: Faith Formation Inside the Immanent Frame: The Task of Speaking of God in a Secular Age.

$15 for in-person attendance (breakfast included)
OR online streaming live.

(Scholarships are available, email Henry Coates hcoates@firstpresevanston.org with request)

Registration: Please use Realm (our online members’ portal) to register and submit payment.

Childcare: Register online by October 8 and indicate your need for childcare on the form.

Questions: Call Rosemary Mauck 312-636-2541.


Dr. Andy Root

“Anxious Church: Being Disciples in a Mid-Pandemic World”


The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston cordially invites you to attend, our church wide Retreat, October 15-16, featuring the author and professor Andrew Root, https://andrewroot.org/.

This will be an exciting time for us to gather and be equipped for life and ministry.

Why should I attend?

Dr. Root will guide us through a Biblical, practical look at the following topics:

  • Is God still relevant today?
  • What is meant by the secular age?
  • How can Christians relate to others in an age of anxiety?
  • Why do younger generations approach spiritual life so differently than the ones before?
  • How do I have faith-forming experiences with my friends, neighbors, classmates, family, or colleagues?
  • How can I be refreshed and inspired to share my faith with others?
  • Why do the “old tricks” of youth ministry not seem to work anymore, and how do we need to adapt?
  • How can we relate to those who believe God to be irrelevant or out of date?