The Future Church (v.2020) – 10 Shifts

Over the last two weeks I have shared the top ten ways I hope the American church of 2020 will differ from the church of 2012.  The list builds on trends in church and the larger culture; is realistic rather than idealistic; and is guided by hope in rather than fear about the future. The list seeks to consider broad shifts within American Christianity rather than specific changes or changes more likely in some traditions and less likely in others.  Additionally, it intentionally Read More …

Future Church – More About Following

Church v.2020 - Ten Changes: #8 More About Following – Less About Membership When compared with the American church of 2012, the future church (v.2020) will focus more on following and less on membership.  This shift places the emphasis on following the way of Jesus rather than being a faithful member of a local church.  Toward this end, likely changes include: An approach to belonging and deepening individual's connection to the faith community that values assimilation into a community Read More …

Good Followers . . .

Anthony B. Robinson is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor who currently serves as President of Congregational Leadership Northwest, and who has written several books including Changing the Conversation: A Third Way for Congregations (2008 - read my review here).  His article in the January 11, 2012 edition of the Christian Century highlights five ways people can be good followers: Good followers recognize that leadership is necessary, important and difficult Read More …

What Makes A Good Follower and Why Does it Matter?

Brad Lomenick describes himself as "a passionate follower of Christ, and have the privilege of directing a movement of young leaders called Catalyst."  To learn more about Lomenick, read his blog, friend him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter. Recently he shared a list of attributes of good followers: Good followers are great finishers Good followers anticipate Good followers criticize in private, and praise in public Good followers are trustworthy Good followers are vision Read More …