Back to the Basics

michael-header.jpgI love to cheer on leaders!  I am blessed to be part of community that not only sees the pastor as a shepherd but also as a “cultural architect.”   It is expected that I, by the power of the Holy Spirit, be a part of making the world a better place.  Encouraging leaders to use their gifts is my joy!  Because I regularly speak to groups and also coach individuals, I have opportunity to come across helpful tools that help facilitate healthy missional leadership.This week, I was introduced to a helpful summary article by Thom Schulz that helps us to understand the basics of chuch health and well-being!Enjoy:

5 Ways the Church
Will Change
by Thom Schultz

Is the American church fading away? Will the losses in membership and attendance lead to a marginalized church presence such as that in present-day Europe? What will the American church look like in ten years?

Church leaders, denominational executives, and religion researchers gathered in Colorado recently to examine the church’s health and prognosis. The Future of the Church Summit was sponsored by Group Publishing.

After evaluating current trends, Summit members predicted a number of likely scenarios for the American church in the next ten years:

  1. Emphasis on relationships. Whereas the church and congregational worship today are largely spectator-oriented, the new coming trend will prioritize spiritual growth through personal relationships.
  2. Return to Jesus. The current church is preoccupied with the “ABCs”—attendance, buildings and cash. A Summit pastor said, “We need to deal with the idols of the church.” The coming church will highly focus its mission, goals, measurements and message on Jesus.
  3. Community focus. The church of tomorrow will be much more engaged in addressing the needs in the community. The church will be known more for its members’ relational acts of compassion outside of church walls, taking ministry out rather than waiting for outsiders to come in and sit.
  4. Conversationally oriented. The current church relies primarily on one-way messaging—from the preacher/teacher at the microphone. The new church will rely more on person-to-person conversation, sharing messages of God’s love with one another. Churches will begin to trade pews for conversation tables.
  5. Rise of the laity. Shrinking resources will trigger fewer paid ministry positions—and more reliance on unpaid ministry work. The concept of “the priesthood of all believers” will re-emerge.

To see these principles in a different media format click on the following video:

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