FIVE MAJOR TRENDS FOR AMERICAN CHURCHES 05/12/2010


by Moody Adams
Thom S. Rainer, writing in the Christian Post , that the research at LifeWay Research indicates there are five major trends taking place in American churches.
1. Our nation will see the emergence of the largest generational mission field in over a century. Our estimates now are that only 15% are Christian. With a huge population of nearly 80 million, that means that nearly 70 million young people are not Christians.
2. The dominant attitude of this huge generation toward Christianity will be largely indifferent. They are not angry at churches and Christians. They simply ignore us because they do not deem us as meaningful or relevant.
3. Senior adult ministries in churches will experience steep declines. As the large Baby Boomer generation moves into their older years, they will resist any suggestion that they are senior adults, no matter how senior they may be.
4. We are seeing indications that the Boomers may actually become more interested in spiritual matters in general, and Christianity specifically. The Baby Boomers have tried it all and found no joy. They may likely turn to the hope of the gospel.
5. Family will be a key value for both of the large generations. Rainer predicts that church that focus on developing families will prosper.


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