Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ministry in 2018: 12 Trends Affecting You Now

Back in January I had the great pleasure of participating with a Minister of Education Exchange Group that has been meeting for several years for an annual time of fellowship and the exchange of ministry ideas and practices. I appreciated the invitation to attend from David Strawn, Minister of Education at the First Baptist Church of College Station, Texas who has apparently been instigator of the group. It was an enjoyable three days of hanging out fellowshipping and sharing. As part of the agenda each participant brought a packet of some ministry ideas and other stuff to share. And for my contribution I brought copies of several ministry related articles that I had been reading recently that I thought were worth sharing with the group. The articles seemed to be well received by the group’s participants and so I thought I would post a series of blog entries related to and referencing some of these articles. The first article deals with what ministry might look like in the year 2018.

I have always been intrigued by those who can foresee the future or decipher coming trends. Perhaps I have been too much the pragmatist with a focus on current reality and practice. But it is of great value being able to know what is coming, knowing how to prepare and anticipate change. Perhaps the greatest value of all is being able to be intentional about how to embrace, facilitate, or even resist certain emerging trends, either from a practical point of view or some philosophical reason.

I found the article Ministry in 2018: 12 Trends Affecting You Now from Alan Nelson insightful, encouraging, and somewhat disconcerting all at the same time. Enjoy reading this article but be sure to give yourself plenty of time to ponder its possible implications for you and your ministry in the days and years ahead.

Until next time…share the journey and enjoy the ride!


Ministry in 2018
from Alan Nelson

Good pastors are nearsighted, seeing things in and around their local communities that help their congregations meet the needs of the people in their immediate areas. But great pastors are those who can both keep their eyes on the road ahead of them as well as peruse any oncoming traffic or potential hazards on the horizon.

Everyone agrees that times are changing, which means ministry today requires savvy thinking. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said that the secret of his success was that while other players skated to where the puck was, he skated to where the puck was going to be. Figuring out where the ministerial puck is going is no easy task, but Rev! assembled a group of individuals to give you some insights as to national culture and religious trends that will undoubtedly affect your church, if you plan to be in local church ministry the next 10 years.

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