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The Coming American Church Transition April 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dj @ 1:01 pm
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I don’t claim to to know the future.  I’m not a prophet or psychic or anything like that.  But I think there are several murmurs throughout the American church that we need to pay attention to and what it means for us as believers here in America and especially those involved with ministry.

There is an undeniable trend today for churches to “go smaller”.

Small Groups
“House Church”
Church plants
Multi-site, etc…
In my eyes, we are in transition (and the rest of the ministry world says “duh!”)  But what are we in transition to?  Smaller churches.

I think we’re going to start seeing a lot less of the megachurch model in the next 10 to 20 years and a lot more churches under 400, maybe even smaller.

We’re going to see a lot more “lay-ministers”.  Professional ministry will start to be on the decline and people stepping up to fill leadership roles will increase.

Youth ministry will be drastically different.  Right now, youth ministry tends to be it’s own animal.  People in church know theres a youth ministry in their church, but don’t know much about it.  “It’s what they do in their youth area…” will be a thing of the past and youth ministries will start to move towards multigenerational ministry.  We HAVE to!

People are searching for community.  A place to belong.  A place where they feel like they make a difference and matter to the people around them.  Welcome to the smaller church.

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2 Responses to “The Coming American Church Transition”

  1. doubleofive Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Not only do I agree that this is what the trends show, but I agree that it is the RIGHT way. I’m not sure of the youth ministry aspect, as that’s always been your department, but overall, I see this being true and a very good thing.

  2. jeremy zach Says:

    amen. i think not only in the church world are we seeing this smaller mentality, but also in the business world. we are seeing more entrepreneurial start up companies as small entities.


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