Everything’s changing in the church and culture so fast, how do you respond? In this year’s Rethink Leadership Roundtable, Clay Scroggins and Brad Lomenick join Carey to talk about future trends in culture and the church, whether attractional church has peaked, the rise of charismatic churches and more.
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3 Insights from this Episode
1. The leaders of today and the future will be the curators
There is no shortage of information available to us in our modern world. You can become an expert on anything after a quick google. The leaders of the future will not necessarily be the leaders that create the newest and best content, but the leaders who can filter through all of the noise in our modern world and pull out the few helpful, practical bits of information.
You don’t have to be the one to write ten articles. You can write one and then link to 9 other articles and be just as helpful. People are looking for a helpful filter to view the world through. People need more content than one person can produce.
Check out Brad Lomenick’s curated list of trends: New Things To Check Out
2. The church has to shift from downloadable to transcendent experiences
If our services continue to be something that can be downloaded, they will. And people will continue to stop showing up on Sundays. How do we change this? If we can create an experience that transcends this world, that connects people to Jesus in ways that can not be repeated on a screen, then we will begin to keep people together.
The reason to gather “because it’s biblical” just isn’t working anymore. We have to find more and better reasons for people to prioritize physically gathering in community. We need to offer a better “why” as the Church. Carey’s church has begun connecting people into relationship much sooner to help people see what the church is truly about.
Another key shift with this change is a shift where churches are both attractive and experiencial. We have a lot of churches that can reach people through their heart, and we have a lot of churches that can reach people through their heads. We need churches that can do both. Life.Church is a great example of this right now.
3. The local church is replacing institutions as influencers.
You use to have to go to a record label to make a world-famous album. Now if you look at the iTunes top 100 Christian artist list you see just as many local church bands being featured as you are seeing major recording artists. You see the same trend in colleges. You are seeing more and more leadership training colleges within the local church and less and less major institutions.
You no longer need a million dollars to launch a viral program. Local churches like Elevation Worship, Bethel Music, and churches that have partnered with Southeastern University are putting these programs that were previously unavailable to the local church inside of local churches all over the world. This is a shift that will continue to evolve in the coming years.
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