A number of changes are coming in the next 10-20 years for the church, including a need for more churches to rely on bi-vocational pastors and minimizing the role of seminary. Some churches will rely on seminary students with online degrees. Home churches and creative fundraising will also become important as more churches struggle to survive financially.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Financial changes are going to squeeze many churches in the next 10-20 years. How will your ministry adapt?
- Rethinking training: Ministry training is changing to online courses or church-based programs and internships. Are there ways you can ease the on-ramp to ministry in your church?
- Funding Ministry: If you have financial concerns at your ministry, are there ways you can incorporate more bi-vocational enterprises into your staffing?
- New Meeting Models: While multisite is a popular option for churches today, are we approaching a time when home meetings are going to become more financially ideal?
Looking ahead 10 years, which of these challenges do you expect to encounter?
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