5 Signs Your Church Isn’t Ready For The Future

CareyNieuwhof.com | 8/17/2015 | Staff
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It’s a tough question to answer: so, is your church ready for the future?

A lot of the time, I’m afraid the answer is no.

Culture - Anyone

Culture is changing so rapidly that’s it’s hard for anyone to keep up.

Ask people what’s changing faster, the culture or the church, and pretty much everyone will tell you the culture is changing much more quickly. Hands down more rapidly.

Gap - Church - Changes - Culture - Changes

The gap between how quick your church changes and how quickly culture changes is called irrelevance.

So how would you know if your church is ready for the future?

Signs

Here are 5 signs it’s not.

The gap between how quick your church changes and how quickly culture changes is called irrelevance.

Listen

Listen, this one’s hard.

Culture is changing rapidly. But in addition to that, it’s also fragmenting, fast.

Culture - Things

Knowing the culture is changing and understanding how it’s changing are two different things.

Knowing the culture is changing and understanding how it’s changing are two different things.

Reasons - Culture

There are two primary reasons it’s becoming difficult to truly understand the culture:

First, the pace of cultural change continually speeds up. The internet has both increased connectivity and speed. As a result, we know about trends faster and they tend to change faster.

Tastes - Preferences - Example - Music - Streaming

Second, tastes and preferences are far more fragmented than they used to be. For example, since music has switched to on-demand streaming, there’s not much a common playlist anymore.

Don’t believe me? Check out the top 40 songs on iTunes or Spotify and I guarantee you most church people wouldn’t know the majority of artists, let alone like them. Matchbox 20 and Celine Dion aren’t exactly lighting up the charts much these days.

Point - Culture - Ability

The point? If you don’t understand the culture, you lose the ability to speak into it.

You don’t have to agree with what’s happening to speak into it, but you do need to understand it.

If you don’t understand...
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