My colleague Rich Birch over at UnSeminary.com has spotlighted 3 important trends ministry leaders need to watch out for in the coming year:
- Everything is going mobile – from announcements to giving to community participation to social sharing. You need to open your eyes and see that everyone’s phone is more than just a phone.
- Compassion action – individuals in today’s culture want to change the world, not just sit and soak in the pews. What are you doing to help your people fulfill the call for mercy and justice beyond the walls of your building? Whether it be down the block or around the world, the opportunity is here and now.
- Data can drive everything The Church is known for being stuck in the Gutenberg world while everything else has raced ahead into the Google world. If you start to look at some simple data about your people, about what’s happening, you can respond and provide better environments for discipleship, better engagement with your community, better experiences for visitors. Forget about the fancy shmancy stuff. 38% of church leaders reading this don’t even have a church website in 2012. Heck, if you can budget just $2000 and I’ll build you a clean basic one just to get something up on the web.