By Lyle E Schaller
The previous 5 many years have altered the position of the church buildings. The 3rd millennium will convey a good extra appreciably varied context for ministry. How the parish minister meets the problem of that modify is the topic of this most modern booklet by means of best-selling writer Lyle E. Schaller. Schaller makes the facts converse by way of discussing 4 dozen components that may offer demanding situations and possibilities within the subsequent millennium. those contain the emergence of millions of recent self reliant congregations, financial components that have an effect on rural congregations, the shortcoming of such a lot church buildings to be really inclusive, the truth that the church has changed the house and faculty because the fundamental channel for studying values, the expansion of the Christian day college, the just about overall disappearance of the geographical parish, the expanding pageant for conversation, and the swap in women's function in the neighborhood. "Change is the dominant topic of this ebook. The reaction of church leaders to the adjustments pointed out right here will form the way forward for their associations. extra very important, even though, those responses will confirm who can be ultimate in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ within the early a long time of the millennium".
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The generations of Americans born before 1940 were taught to place a high value on factors on the input side. These included (1) the number of dollars spent annually per student by a school, (2) the manufacturer's label on an automobile or article of clothing, (3) years of experience--many salary schedules reward experience rather than performance, (4) the political party affiliation of a candidate for public office, (5) the union label, (6) academic credentials, (7) the quantity and quality of the real estate, (8) the number of paid staff members, (9) the size of the budget, (10) endowment funds, and (11) titles.
We want you to feel free to ask questions at any point in the discussion. " During the next twenty minutes, this respected volunteer leader used a series of charts and graphs projected on a large screen to point out that during the past ten years (1) the average attendance at worship had dropped from 485 to 319; (2) the average attendance in the children's division of the Sunday school was down by 48 percent, in the youth division it was down by 61 percent, and attendance in the adult classes had dropped by 29 percent; (3) the size of the chancel choir had shrunk from thirty-eight to forty voices to twenty-eight to thirtytwo voices on the typical Sunday morning; (4) the number of circles in the women's organization had decreased from nine to three; (5) the median age of the confirmed membership had climbed from forty-four to fifty-three years; (6) the percentage of confirmed members past age sixty had doubled; (7) the number of new confirmed members received had declined from an average of eighty-six annually for the period eight to ten years ago to an average of twenty-seven for each of the past three years; (8) the amount of money in the reserve fund had dropped from $88,700 ten years ago to $9,310 today; (9) attendance in the Vacation Bible School had plummeted from 133 children ten years ago to fortytwo this past summer; (10) the number of adults in weekday and weeknight Bible study groups here at the church has dropped from a weekly average of 126 ten years ago to zero; (11) the death rate has climbed from an average of one death per 100 members ten to twelve years ago to an average of three member deaths per 100 confirmed members over the past three years; and (12) for the past five years this congregation has lost an average of three members for every one new confined member received.
Create and implement a plan to identify and court newcomers to the community and pilgrims leaving other churches who might find this lowexpectation congregation to be what they are seeking. 4. Seek to attract people from those two post-1955 generations who do not have any active church relationships and convert them to the culture of this lowexpectation, complacent, and institutionally comfortable congregation. 5. Seek to build up an endowment fund of at least $3 million from bequests from the longtime and loyal members.
21 Bridges to the 21st Century: The Future of Pastoral Ministry (Ministry for the Third Millennium) by Lyle E Schaller