Why 2018 Is so Different Than 2008 in the Local Church

January 2, 2018
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Podcast Episode #394

A lot has changed in our world over the past 10 years. Today, we highlight some major shifts in the church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • I think in ten years, we will see more co-vocational church staff.
  • The decline of “Cultural Christianity” is not a bad thing.
  • The church leader of the future has to be a learner.
  • The problem with information is not the lack of it, it’s curating it to find what you actually need to know.
  • The program-driven church model is a dead model today.
  • Time is the most precious resource your church members have.

The seven reasons we cover are:

  1. Post-recession mentality hit churches hard
  2. Technology change is exponential
  3. Increase of the “nones”
  4. The demand for a different kind of church leader
  5. The imperative of the learning leader has increased
  6. Old methodologies are not working
  7. The struggle with time and commitment

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