According to Will Mancini, we can expect smaller churches to thrive in 2011, especially those who tap into social media and online technologies. Here’s his list of 11 trends for 2011 and the years to come. Visit his post for more explanation and discussion of each one.
Increasing diversity of opinion about what good vision and strategy look like.
Articulating the biggest picture will be the leader’s greatest asset.
Social media will open new possibilities for more churches.
Visioning and spiritual formation will emerge more visibly as disciplines.
Small will continue to be the new big.
Networks will become the new denominations.
Leaders will pay more attention to shorter time horizons.
The intersection of personal and organizational vision will be magnified.
Visioning will involve making meaning rather than predicting the future.
External focus and biblical justice will stay prominent.
Churches will consult for vision clarity rather than for capital campaigns.
One interesting quote from the article:
Every church leader is saturated with countless best practices, bombarded with more communication, and ministering to people struggling with increasingly complex lives. This gives us a hyper-need for clarity. Communicating Jesus-centered meaning in life has never had more competition. The best leaders won’t take the most basic assumptions for granted.
Michael Halcomb has compiled a very helpful set of language resources at his new site Getting Theological Languages. If you’re looking for resources on learning Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, theological German, or theological French, this is worth checking out.