Jen Bradbury: The Jesus Gap

Youth Director, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church (Glen Ellyn, IL)

Jen Bradbury is a career youth worker with a diverse spiritual heritage that makes her uniquely qualified for youth work. Jen currently serves as the youth director at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, IL and writes for Youth Worker Journal and the Christian Century. She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with her husband, Doug, and blogs at

The Jesus Gap

Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. But what do high school students actually believe about Jesus? During this session, I’ll share findings from a year-long research study I conducted that explores what high school students in the ELCA believe about Jesus. (This study built upon research from the National Study of Youth & Religion as well as the College Transition Project and featured surveys from 369 high school students in the ELCA as well as data from focus groups and interviews conducted at four representative ELCA congregations). We’ll also explore what these findings mean for congregations – regardless of whether or not they’re in the ELCA; And how to use them to strengthen the Christologies of our students.

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