Podcast Episode #187
We examine the first half of my 16 trends to watch for in 2016. We will cover the second half of the trends in podcast #188.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Some churches say they can’t afford security measures. You can’t afford not to have appropriate security measures.
- Sometimes I think church worship centers are second only to college football stadiums in their limited usage.
- Pastors and leaders who avail themselves to coaching typically have the healthiest churches.
- More people are going into gentrified communities, and as a result, more churches are being planted there as well.
- I celebrate the renewed emphasis of classical theological training in seminaries.
- An all-Anglo church seems abnormal to many Millennials.
- The Homogenous Unit Principle is a reality in many churches but should not be a strategy.
- Church plants need to be strategic at the onset about not being homogeneous.
The eight trends we cover today are:
- Church security as the fastest growing ministry.
- Decrease in worship center size and capacity.
- Increase in successfully revitalized churches.
- Rapid growth of coaching ministries for pastors and church staff.
- Increase in the numbers of churches in gentrified communities.
- Increased emphasis on practical ministry training.
- Increasing emphasis on groups in churches.
- Fewer segregated churches.
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