Church in 2030: What will it be like? 

No one can really predict what the church will be like in 2030. However, take a picture of all the devices you use. They will all be slower and look uglier in just the next eight years. A tsunami of change is waiting for us. The next five years of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) is about to rock our world.

Church in 1880: What was it like? 

The printing press had grown in popularity in North America by the 1880s. At that time, we still had no computers, fax machines, cars, radios, televisions, copy machines, aeroplanes, air conditioning, or the internet. For Church Administrators, there was no email marketing, Church Relationship Management (CRM), websites or Church Apps.

Four Church Models for Church 4.0

Church buildings stood empty in 2020. It forced church leaders to be relevant, and think about how to attract online. The focus shifted from whether churches should utilize social media marketing to developing social media strategies. Amid an abundance of opportunities, it has to come down to picking social channels that work best for you.

How Do We Optimize & Automate?

Church leaders will have to embrace continuous innovation. Leaders making strategic decisions that helps them to optimize and automate will lead effective churches. Let’s consider the metaphor of four levels of car that is available to us.

The Thinker Or The Doer?

By 1980, IBM produced its own personal computer. By 1983, IBM became the world’s leading personal computer producer. By 1984, over one million computers had been sold. It is not that IBM had better research and knew that this would happen. Everything they were absolutely certain about was disrupted. Yes, it was the “new normal” then just like it is the new normal now. IBM had to reorganize. Just thinking about growth will never be enough. When kids started playing computer games and the computer industry changed, guess who won? The thinker (Univac) or the doer (IBM)?

E.P.I.C. Ministry

The 3 C’s of an EPIC online ministry are Celebrate (Sundays), Connect (Small groups and pastoral care), and Contribute (time and resources). Without an unrelenting focus on Discipleship, Engagement, and Faith-building Community (DEF), hunger for likes, followers and “busianity” will replace Christianity. Losing the spiritual focus and valuing the wrong things are dangers that Church leaders needs to avoid. Counting the wrong things, the trappings, will not get us anywhere.

We Are In The Fourth Wave

Church leaders today post their point of view on social channels. Instead of mailing a letter, we send emails and text messages as a way of direct marketing. We are all learning as we minister to our congregations. Neither Blog 101, Podcast 101, Social Channels 101, nor Lead Generation 101 were courses during our time at Bible College. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), 5G, and virtual reality are pushing us to the forefront of using technology to extend God’s kingdom.

Bending The Curve

The billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, was asked what aspects of American life he expected to see changed due to the 2020 pandemic. Mark said, “Everything.”

We Must Not Forget Church History!

Several North American pastors were pioneering the use of video sermons in early 2000. They were grappling with how the audience would respond to this new technology. Did people react as a group when a preacher asked a question? Did they raise their hands? Did they applaud? Did they laugh in all the right places? We have seen eight different types of video preaching in North American since then.

Looking More Like Jesus

The process of spiritual formation is similar to flying a kite. As a child, you learn to discern. You pay attention to the wind. Just like the wind cannot be controlled, neither can your walk with Jesus be boxed in. Part of spiritual formation is to discern what God is saying and wanting you to do.

Is Church Growth “McDonaldization of Spirituality”? 

McGavran coined the term “church growth” to overcome the negative connotation of evangelism. He requested several American seminaries to start a department focused on church growth. He laid the foundation for the Church Growth Movement…

What’s Gone Wrong With Our Church?

As we move forward, change is essential to our growth strategy. No program is so good that it will never change. Change is the price of vision. Spiritual growth is not meant to be comfortable. When churches embrace genuine concern for the outside, growth is possible.