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”.
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.