Dynamic Churches The Demographic Shift
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Growing Congregations

The role of Bishops, elders and leaders in this new, thoroughly secular societal order will be, I believe, as the soles of the feet and palms of the hands in the Body of Christ. Leaders will suffer as they make the first contact with a totally secular world. No one except for a brave few will want to be an elder or leader in the future. They will be honored with the splinters, sharp stones and scratches from an opposing culture in the same way that the saints of the Early Church were honored with martyrdom. Their witness will draw others to Christ or alternatively put them off and drive them away altogether!

Dynamic Then and Now

A key to which Dynamic Churches will survive in 2019 AD and in the future can be found in the congregational returns and particularly the number of children, teenagers and small groups listed there. One thing for sure is that "Elders," "Boomers," "Generation X" and "Generation Y" Groups (now known as the "Millennial Group") and even the "Snowflakes" will want friends and community for their children and teens. This they may find not in the church with its beliefs but in the Christian communities with its warm friendships.

Successful Congregations

Successful dynamic churches in 2019 AD will rise above the rest if they involve contemporary music, adventurous programming and emphasis on children and youth. The Diocesan and Area organizations will need to spend a significant proportion of their budgets each year to equip congregations to develop effective youth work and children's ministry.

Emotionally Wedded

Parish Churches and institutional leaders will have to learn not to be emotionally wedded to buildings. The dynamic and not necessarily the historical or conservative churches will be the ones that will survive and thrive. This applies to all the mainline congregations and to the Protestant ones too.

"Dynamic Churches"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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