5 Trends You Won't Be Able to Dismiss in 2014

Sometimes you can dismiss a trend as a fad. Like Crocs, the Harlem Shake, or flash mobs. 

At other times to dismiss a trend is just a mistake.

As in every era, some of today’s trends will become tomorrow’s reality.

Innovative leaders aren’t afraid to embrace change and to be some of the first in on the shifts they see around them. 

In that spirit, here are 5 trends you’ll no longer be able to dismiss in 2014.

5 Ministry Trends You Won't Be Able to Dismiss 2014 careynieuwhof.com

If you want more on the way church and culture are changing, check out:

11 Traits of Churches That Will Impact the Future

12 Cultural Trends Church Leaders Can’t Ignore (But Might)

15 Characteristics of Today’s Unchurched Person

7 Ways to Respond As People Attend Church Less Often

Got questions or a comment? Over to you….

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  1. micahfoster on January 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Very good graphic/post! I’m sharing this with some people because it’s important to see what’s coming on the horizon, or what we’re already experiencing! #3 is soooo true. In 2014 I’ve made a commitment to put out more useful and helpful content and try to focus it as locally as possible on my blog to connect and impact the community we are in. So far, it’s working and it’s working faster than I thought it would.

    Thanks for posting, keep up the great work.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on January 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Love it Micah. Thanks for blazing a trail!

  2. […] on his blog Carey Nieuwhof did a great post back in December titled “5 Trends you won’t be able to dismiss in 2014” (please go read it now). Rather than try to make my own predictions, I thought we would have a […]

  3. Dan Black on December 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Great stats here! Thank you for sharing them.

  4. Brent Dumler on December 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Carey, I love this topic. This opens up a question I am still asking myself. “If Churches have a mobile app, how can it be developed in such a way that it is both interactive and builds community?” I also agree that change is coming at an even quicker pace each year. This makes one thing pretty clear. The Church (collectively) needs to become very good at adapting to change…more so than in past years.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on December 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      That’s a great question Brent. Apps tend to be one way. Anyone seen one that does two way dialogue?

  5. Doug Fordham on December 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    New info graphic on the “5 Trends” post? Looks good at first glance but it’s not mobile friendly (text, etc . doesn’t reflow) like the posts used to. And that’s how I read your posts every day.

  6. Stephen Grcevich MD on December 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Good stuff Carey! One issue I’d like to see you tackled in a upcoming post is how your crew at Connexus plans to use your mobile presence to strengthen the connectedness of families to your church when time pressures and kid commitments start to interfere with their ability to attend weekly and maintain an active involvement in small groups.

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  8. Kelly Grace on December 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Story (Social Proof) used to be part of church. Thirty years ago we called it Believers Praise as we gathered to share God’s work in our hearts and lives throughout the previous week. It made us family and we loved each other better. An affirmation of Phil. 1:6. The Christian message is an invitation to know God. That should result in transformational stories. Teach believers how to tell their stories and they’ll reach the lost and remember that God is among them. The fields are still white for harvest.

  9. Lawrence W. Wilson on December 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    “Less hype. More story.” I so agree.

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