I think the two biggest challenges are nominalism and secularism. Nominalism is the idea that people are Christians in name only (Nominal Christians). As that category begins to decline, and in a sense, I am glad to see it go, it means that people will either move towards secularism, or be reached for the gospel, or for some other religious value. One of the challenges is that the church is not readily equipped to engage secular people and will have to do more to train people to evangelize the “far-unchurched.” We are accustomed to evangelizing the “near-unchurched:” people who have perhaps been to church, dropped out because of a bad experience, but are familiar with terms, language, and emphases.
Monthly Archives: May 2014
To kickoff this year’s Alignment Conference, Aspen Group just added a free Evening Reception with David Kinnaman to the schedule of events. The limited-seating reception will take place Monday, October 20, 2014—the night before the conference—at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel (1801 North Naper Boulevard, Naperville, Illinois).
David Kinnaman, keynote speaker of the Alignment Conference and president of Barna Group, will make a brief presentation on trends he’s seeing across the church landscape and then be available to meet with attendees.
Healthy growing churches of the future must learn to connect and engage with Millennials (today’s 18- to 30-year-olds), soon to be the biggest generation ever in America. Millennials have grown up in the age of Google. They have myriad options and opinions literally at their fingertips. And that information gives them power.
As leaders in our homes, churches, communities or businesses, we no longer have the power or control we once enjoyed. As a result, successful engagement with Millennials will be built on influence. Influence is built on trust. And trust is built by engaging around their concerns and bringing insight that equips them to navigate successfully.