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This Week in Ministry: How to Minister in a Shifting Culture

The cultural and ministry landscapes are both shifting dramatically in many areas, and churches will need to consider how their congregations can best adapt to share the Gospel in these new contexts. What worked in the past may not work in the future, and this week’s Ministry Briefing offers some helpful steps forward. In church growth trends, we’re seeing the rapid rise of multisite churches, with some fast-growing churches adding a new site almost every year. Craig Groeschel warns against growing too fast, since that could strain your existing finances or network of leaders. A number of church leaders offered ideas on ways to grow your ministry without stretching yourself too thin, such as maxing out your current facilities before growing and focusing on leadership development so that you have capable leaders ready to jump into the new church plant or campus. How you plan for the future will determine whether your church’s growth is beneficial or detrimental for your ministry. As Millennials, 18 to 34, tend to skip church in larger numbers, one reason may be rooted in the fact that many of them are single and delaying marriage indefinitely, while many churches focus on ministering to families. In fact, over 30% of Millennials live at home with their parents, and some may feel shame or discomfort over that choice in churches that value marriage and traditional families. How can churches change their expectations and language around singleness in order to minister to this growing cohort? While singles present a new ministry opportunity, prison ministry remains one of the ongoing ministry needs that many Christians have failed to fully embrace. Most pastors have visited a prison and nearly all pastors value reaching out to incarcerated individuals, but when inmates are released from prison, their church attendance always declines. How can churches make the most of prison ministry and maintain an effective follow up with inmates after they are released? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!

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