Ten Important Trends for Churches in 2018

December 19, 2017
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Podcast Episode #390

Every year, we take a look a the trends we expect to see in the new year. Today, we look at the trends for 2018.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • People are listening to more audio for learning purposes than ever before.
  • The boomer retirement crisis is two-fold: a lot are about to retire, but some will hang on too long.
  • The retail bust could be big for churches looking for space. More commercial space than ever before is coming available.
  • Every church should be a church for its neighborhood.
  • If you are not learning, you are not leading.
  • Too many churches overbuilt their worship space in the past.

The ten 2018 trends we cover are:

  1. The audio revolution.
  2. Boomer retirement crisis.
  3. The deferred maintenance crisis in church facilities.
  4. Churches moving into retail spaces.
  5. Ongoing church closures.
  6. The rise of the neighborhood church.
  7. The learning revolution of the best church leaders.
  8. Downsizing of worship centers/sanctuaries.
  9. The rise of networks.
  10. More Great Commission intentionality.

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