Baptisms Weddings Funerals The Demographic Shift
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Lots of Funerals

There will be a continued decreasing demand, I believe, for some "Baptisms Weddings Funerals" in the church. One of our local Anglican churches reported at the end of 2014 a record 0 weddings,1 baptism and 11 funerals. On the other hand, there will be an increased desire for baptisms, weddings and funerals in gardens, restaurants, boats and under favorite trees as these reflect the need for a quirky kind of spirituality in both the Boomers and Generation X ers. The Anglican Church of Canada could react by designating a few redundant churches as "Marriage Chapels" with a cleric trained in marriage counseling or alternatively grieving centers (though this territory is already taken by funeral homes.) Being able to conduct baptisms weddings funerals where ever the family requested would bring competition to the banquet hall business. We will need to compete commercially with other wedding facilities to win back the notion of the Christian Wedding. The Boomers will come for church weddings if we can be flexible and make a sound financial case for them. We need to offer people what they want, but within certain Christian parameters. Our institution will need to become more flexible and loosen our rules as to the location but not the content to meet these new challenges. This is already happening in part.

Fear of Death

Boomers and Generation X'ers will continue to be afraid of death, shun funerals and funeral parlors. Eternal life will have little relevance with their emphasis on living life "to the max" now. Our primary opportunity for evangelism in 2018 A.D. will likely be in teaching Christian meditation and spirituality through house, table and other small groups.

"Baptisms Weddings Funerals"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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