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.

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.

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.

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.

Free Yourself By Releasing Others

One size does not fit all. As church leaders, we are familiar with the pains of growth depending on the size of the church. I usually discuss five possible phases of growth…

Leveraging Digital Transformation

The speed of change and strategy you adopt needs to fit your context. Leveraging digital transformation is about how you navigate your leadership mindset, skillset, and toolset. 

Living In Denial?

In 1759, Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning is electrical. It was a signal of change to all candle makers…Sixteen years before the 2020 pandemic, in August of 2004, Craig Groeschel had a satellite uplink built at the Oklahoma City campus that provided the capacity to send a live video worldwide. Craig received criticism for starting an online church…