Generation to Generation: the NCMA 50th Anniversary Conference

28 Oct

The NCMA is Fifty Years old!  An amazing achievement for any organization, NCMA has a lot to celebrate.  And celebrate we will, with a conference build to generate dialogue and passion about the future of the field of higher education ministry. 

This conference, the beginning of a two year cycle focusing on specific demographic groups of college students, is designed to key in on the first year years of college.  Challenges of transition from high school will be discussed through our keynote Tim Clydesdale, author of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School. Further discussions around mental health in the second year will give chaplains and campus ministers alike further knowledge on the present crisis.

Finally, NCMA is proud to announce that Rhonda and Jake Jacobsen, authors of No Longer Invisible: Religion in Higher Education will be with us discussing the future of higher education and religion.  Their discussions will illuminate the convergence of religious and spiritual identity on the 21st Century campus.

If hasn’t sparked your interest yet, you’ll certainly find yourself enjoying the summer in St. Louis and beautiful Washington University on temperpedic beds and individual shower and bathrooms for each room.  You’ll also enjoy our evening out, when many of us will travel to the city museum, to see the cardinals play baseball, to the world renowned St. Louis Zoo and Forest Park or just downtown to the Arch for a quick ride up and down.

The city with the “gateway to the west” is our gateway to the future.  If you haven’t been to a conference, it’s time.  And if you have, you’ll want to come for our blowout 50th anniversary banquet where many of our former NCMA presidents and award winners will be in attendance. 

Registration opens November 1st with early bird rates as low as 339.00 On Campus and 309.00 Off Campus. 

On behalf of the NCMA and all those who sit on the coordinating committee, the 2014 planning committee, and all those who have poured hours of time into the work of this organization for fifty years, I personally invite you to come, to come back, and to keep coming to the NCMA annual conference. 

See you in St. Louis….

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Cody Nielsen is proud to serve as the current president of the National Campus Ministry Association.  As the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota, Cody works to rebuild the field of higher education ministry across every denomination and tradition possible.  With the help of countless others, he is blessed to work with students and to held lead a field that is looking into the future.  Come, let’s rebuild the field and make it something that every generation might find while they are in college.

 

 

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