In this months Church Executive magazine there was an interesting article byTen [unexpected] trends to surface in 2020″. Some seemed like no brianers; “Boomer ministries boom”, but a few were more interesting.
Funny, these are both thought process we are engaging in at Grace – has someone been listening in on meetings? Or are we some how psychically in tune with the rest of the church world?? 🙂
Two things struck me about this prediction:
- I don’t think balancing a charismatic leader with a transformation leader is anything new in successful organizations, (can you say CEO and COO??) Maybe the prediction is that more Sr. Pastors are developing healthy staff relationships by bringing on diverse leadership?
- The focus on local mission is interesting. I recently learned that the U.S. church lost it’s focus on local mission, (maybe even at Grace??) We have focused so much on bringing the bible to foreign countries that our children are growing up asking who Noah is. Other countries have begun sending missionaries to the U.S. Kind of ironic, the grandchildren of the missionaries we sent abroad are coming back to their forefathers country to share the good news with us.
Hmm, so our culture is going to stop going to movies in favor of going to plays? I dont see it. I think the two forms of media meet different needs. I agree that transformational leaders will make an impact and that every site should have local teaching and personal relationships, BUT a preacher at every site kinda flies in the face of the earlier prediction that charismatic leaders will partner with transformation leaders. We know the best preachers are usually charismatic leaders and that transformational leaders are usually much more “do” oriented. Both can be fantastic teachers but they use different mediums as their platform. I believe it is more likely that campus pastors will continue as strong transformational leaders and may share more of the load of preaching but the weekend sermon can be as effective in video as it can be preached live.