I’ve lived through a number of seismic shifts the last twenty years. These shifts have changed the way I think and consult and I’m watching how they have affected effective pastors. Those who haven’t assimilated these shifts lead declining churches and those who have assimilated them are leading growing churches. So I want to share them with you in the hope that you will incorporate them into your ministry. I’m only going to list them here. If you want the full story, check out our website, www.churchconsultations.com and register to get our newsletter – On Track.
I’ve noted shifts from…
- more to less ministry
- the church being the hub of the community to the church being an outcast from the community
- congregational form of governance to apostolic leadership
- growing the church to growing the Kingdom
- location determining the scope of ministry to God determining the scope of ministry
- homogeneous congregations to multi-ethnic congregations
- churches that plant a church to churches that have church planting in their DNA
- seeing more churches close every year than are being opened to more churches being planted each year than being closed
- mainline dominance to the rise of the non-denominational church
The interesting about these shifts is that they are just the tip of the iceberg when you think about the next couple of decades. Who knows what these shifts will cause to happen in the future? Stay tuned for what will be a wild ride.
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Question: What other shifts have you noticed? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.