OK… it’s the first of the year… time for some of my predictions for the coming year. Some of these are no-brainers… others… well, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Here we go… Todd’s predictions for 2012:
Ted Haggard will again get headlines for something we wish he wouldn’t. (And his upcoming appearance on Wife Swap doesn’t even count). I predict that Ted will say or do something this year that will make us all want to hide under a rock.
Speaking of rocks, and our desire to stone someone, Pat Robertson will sometime this year, say something that will embarrass every Christian in this country. It could be racial, it could be silly, but it most probably will be something that will again show the world that he should have given his broadcast chair to his son a few years ago.
I predict that Perry will get ‘really pumped’ about SOMETHING this year.
Steven will really freak out if, in fact, the sun really does stand still for a day.
Look for a megachurch merger sometime this year. A couple of really big churches making really big impacts will decide that they can make an even more colossal impact if they join forces.
Other Church Mergers.
While mergers have been happening for years, I think 2012 will see the speed up of the number of mergers happening in churches of all sizes. Most of these will be healthy churches that will be taking over struggling churches. Many churches that have considerable financial resources but are quickly dying will be looking for alternatives, and partnering with a local healthy church that will come in and carry on the legacy will look very appealing.
New Birth / Eddie Long.
More hard times for some large churches though. I predict that Eddie Long will no longer be the pastor at New Birth by the end of 2012. The latest divorce and marriage breakup will be the last straw as that ministry fights to survive with or without Long.
The Crystal Cathedral/Schuller Family.
I predict that the Schuller family will call it quits when they leave the Crystal Cathedral. I believe they have a year and a half before they have to vacate the premises to their new Catholic owners. After looking at the spreadsheet and the number of people still left at that time, I think they’ll cut their losses and call it a good run.
Christian Lady Gaga.
As the Christian community normally does, we’ll have some great rip-offs this year… probably to include a Christian Lady Gaga, a new Christian social media twitter rip-off or something like that.
The church around the world will flourish.
I think 2012 will be a great year for the church around the world. It will be mixed here in the US… with real pockets of health developing among younger congregations. But there will be no shortage of conflict and dying churches to contend with as well.
A sad day.
Unfortunately… with many big-name Christian leaders aging, we’ll say good-bye to a good number of high-profile leaders this year… either through retirement or death.
Some changes coming to social media as we know it. There will be a new face introduced this year that will give Twitter and Facebook a run for their money. It will be highly customizable and unique, and will help all of us cut through the clutter that we’re all now experiencing in our social media. And, no… it will not be Google+.
Phones will continue to get much faster, and do newer and cooler things. Some great advances for the church will be the new app that automatically silences your phone ringer and disables Angry Birds as you enter the sanctuary.
There will be a lot of strife in the Gospel Coalition this year, as they find out exactly how many things they actually disagree on. The strife will, as in most cases, come from criticism from the outside… from people that don’t like anything, that will attack until something gives.
Super Bowl ring. If not, it blows the whole “God” theory thing.
It’s only a matter of time before a mainline denomination falls on hard financial times. Look for new stories telling about a major denomination’s future in question because of finances.
Southern Baptists will probably NOT change their name (even though I’ve actively campaigned that they now be called “Stetzers”). And if they do change their name… expect about 20 – 30% of current SBC churches to defect and start a new denomination called “Southern Baptists”.
You do know that the world is going to end in 2012.
That’s it for now… at the end of this year, I’ll try to remember to re-visit this list and we’ll see how I did.
What do you think? Am I right on, or slightly off kilter (as normal)?
I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts and YOUR predictions for 2012.