The role of Bishops and Clergy in this new, thoroughly secular order will be, I believe, as the soles of the feet and palms of the hands in the Body of Christ. Bishops and Clergy will suffer as they make the first contact with a totally secular world. They will be honored with the splinters, sharp stones and scratches from an opposing culture. Their witness could draw others to Christ.
A key to which Dynamic Churches will survive in 2018 A.D. can be found in the Diocesan Synod returns and particularly the number of children, teenagers and small groups listed there. One thing for sure is that Boomers and Generation X ers will want friends and community for their children and teens.
Successful dynamic churches in 2018 A.D. will be superior now in these areas with contemporary music, adventurous programming and emphasis on children and youth. The Diocese will need to spend a significant portion of its budget each year to equip parishes to do youth work and children's ministry.
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 dynamic Anglican churches will be the ones that survive and thrive. This applies to all the mainline congregations and in part to the Protestant ones.