Over the next couple of weeks, I will post some predictions for the 2020 Church. In all honesty, this idea was taken (and modified) from one of my classes at the University of Miami. The original idea is to look at how the workplace will change by the year 2020. I found this topic to be interesting and decided to adapt it to the Church.
Prediction 1: Reputation Capital
Being part of a large denomination used to mean something. It meant that your church fell in line with the denomination’s teachings, beliefs, and philosophies of ministry. No more. Being part of a denomination doesn’t necessarily mean that your beliefs or practices of ministry are the same as your sister churches. We’re already past denominations and now in the area of non-denominational “units” of ministry. It means that churches will give their “thumbs up” to other churches and ministries and that’s how we will know what’s “acceptable” and what isn’t. Also, pastors have done an incredible job of taking over social media. They’ve become masters of branding. This will play an increasingly popular role. I think we’ll see more “free agency” types of moves on the part of well known pastors, and they’ll give more and more personal attention and approval to organizations and churches that they like, even lesser known ones. I think this can be a positive thing. It will create more partnerships in the church world and move pastors to churches where they can use their gifts to the fullest.
Does reputation capital play a role in your ministry?
Read my update post here at Predictions for a 2020 Church.