3 Church Trends You Need To Jump On In 2019

Posted By on August 16, 2019

– There are three individual church trends that I’m beginning to see
gain significant traction, and this is great news
because in my opinion, each of these trends is a gateway to healthier and stronger churches. So if you’re not already bought in, it’s time to join the bandwagon, and by the end of this video, you’ll know what each of
these three trends is, and why your church needs
to be a part of them. ♪ Amen ♪ – Well hey there and
welcome to Pro Church tools, the show where, in 10 minutes or less, you’re gonna get a dose
of tips and tactics to help your church share
the message of Jesus, while we navigate the
biggest communication shift in 500 years. I’m your host Alex Mills, joined, as always, by the
boss man, it’s Brady Shearer. – Alex, let’s take this episode
to look forward to 2019. – Okay. – Talk about three trends
within the church world, and these are especially
pertaining to overall mission in digital and seizing the 167. I’ve identified these three trends that I think are very, very good trends
that I’m happy to see. We’ve done episodes in the past. We say, these are the church
trends you need to put in the garbage.
– Yes. – These trends you need to
get on the bandwagon for. – Yeah. – Because they are very, very good. They lead, in my opinion, to healthier and stronger churches. So let’s detail each of them now. – Awesome. – Trend number one, using social media for and to accomplish your church’s mission. For the longest time,
inversely what we’ve done is we’ve used social media as our churches to promote our in-person
services and events. We’ve said, hey you’re on social. Just a reminder, you can
come to our church in person. But when we see church attendance
declining across the board and we see attention on social just continuing to climb and grow. Hey I saw YouTube stories
launch the other day. – Yes they did.
– Hey what are you gonna do? I don’t even know what to say to that. (laughing) We’re not talking about that
Alex, why’d you bring it up? – Sorry, that’s my bad, that’s on me. – Okay good, I’m just
happy that you owned that. – Yeah. – And so what we want churches to do instead of just using social to promote in-person services and events, is ask themselves the question. What would our church post online if our Sunday Service did not exist? – Yeah. – If we were using social media, because that’s where everybody is, and we wanted our church
to accomplish its mission. That mission being helping
people to love God, love others, and make disciples. How would we use social
media to accomplish that? Social isn’t simply a
tool to cyphen attention to an in-person experience. – Right, although we’ve used it that way. That’s not what it is
or what it should be. – It’s not its primary purpose for sure. So how can we use it to
actually accomplish our mission natively if we never took
those people in person? What would we do? How could we help them to
accomplish those goals, those missions, as churches? And I think this is important because it shows a good way to use social, and if you’re wondering, okay but how do we actually do this? We basically have a three-step
strategy for social. Number one, stop the scroll. Number two, start
meaningful conversations. And number three, provoke
spiritual practice. – Yeah, you know Brady, we’ve been talking about this all year. We say it every episode. We’re living through the
biggest communication shift in the last 500 years,
and for this past year, we’ve been looking at social and talking all about it and wondering, how is the church going
to seize this opportunity? What are we gonna do with this moment? And looking back on this past year and where we are right now in this moment, I think we have started to see a pivot. We have started to see the shift, where churches are realizing that we can use social as ministry. We can connect and do pastoral work through Facebook Messenger, and we can connect and do
pastoral work through Instagram, and youth pastors are
doing it through Snapchat, and just using all
these tools that we have to engage our communities in
ministry throughout the week. And I think that we’re seeing that shift. Churches recognizing that,
yeah this is ministry. Ministry doesn’t begin and
end at 10 and 12 on a Sunday, but it’s evergreen, and these are the tools
that we have to use. And we’re seeing that shift,
and I’m really looking forward to the coming months and years and seeing what the
church does with ministry on social and on digital. – Churches see social as a
communication tool often. You need to see it like
Alex says, as a ministry. If you had a small group,
everyone came to the small group, and then you spent the entire small group being like Sunday’s gonna be
great, hope to see you there. – Yeah. – Be like, but we’re already here.
– We’re here, we’re here. – So what can we do?
– We can here for this. – Social isn’t a communication tool first. It’s a platform first. It’s a ministry first. Do the work of the gospel there. You don’t need to push
people to Sunday every time. – So good. – Church trend number two that we like, the new rules for measuring church growth. Probably are most important
post of the entire year. We’ll have it linked in the
show notes in the description for this episode of Pro Church Tools. We basically said look, tracking attendance should
not be the paramount way of measuring church growth and health. It is not a holistic metric.
– No. – It pays no attention to the people that are actually in your church becoming more or less like Jesus. All it cares about is, are there more butts in seats this year, this month, this weekend, or less. – Right. – And that is a dangerous
way to play and understand and measure, evaluate
our churches in 2019, because there’s so much going on with this new world of communication– – Yeah.
– And digital, and analog, and how it’s all playing together. So we said, look there are
17 different next steps your church needs to track, and the reason this is great is one, it’s gonna give you a better picture of your church’s growth overall. In light of attendance
decline across the board, maybe that’s not
something you can control, and so putting stock in only that metric is just gonna make you upset. But if you measure all
these 17 next steps, holistically, it’s gonna
give you a better picture. And when we’re trying to understand, how does social media actually
affect our mission statement? People often ask me, I
can’t convince my pastor because he doesn’t see or she doesn’t see how social media means
more butts in seats. – Right. – Maybe it doesn’t–
– Right. – But if that’s all you’re
counting and caring about– – Yes.
– You’ve got way bigger problems than social, my friend. – You’ve got it. – And so we actually
created a spreadsheet, you can download for free, and you can plug into this
giant spreadsheet calculator and set the baseline for
your church’s health, and then you can track month
over month, week after week. Are we growing or not? And because you have 17
different data points, instead of one, you’re gonna get a better, more clear insight into what your church is
doing well and not well, which will give you better ability to make the right decision
rather than just guessing, and being like, well we gotta
get more people in the– – Right. – We got more people in the
room, whatever it takes. – Right, and we’re learning that. Regardless of how many people are in your building this
Sunday compared to last Sunday, if those people who are in
there are not growing first from the inside out as people,
your church is not growing. And like you said, it’s not healthy. So there’s a more holistic
way to look at this. How many people are signing up and actively engaged in small groups? How many people are getting baptized? How many people are
volunteering in service? How many people volunteering
outside of service? These are all things
that we need to consider about how the people in our church, and we all agree, church
is made up of people. It is not the four walls
that you meet in on a Sunday. It’s made up of the people
who find themselves there. And so how are we growing
from the inside out? This church-growth calculator
is going to tell you. – Let’s imagine this hypothetical
question real quickly. You’re a church of 100 people. In 2019, at the beginning
January 1st, you’re 100. 2019, January, or sorry. December 31st, you’re also 100. If all you cared about was butts in seats, that can be disappointing. Let’s say maybe, 10 people left, some moved, some went
to a different church, and you got 10 new people as well. What if in that same year,
the small group adoption rate went from 30% to 60%? Twice as many people in
community, in small groups, in life-giving relationship
with one another. – Yep. – That’s just having two accurate things to track now.
– Right. – And you would see a
more holistic, oh wait, maybe we didn’t have, there’s still 100 people but
look at how much those 100 have become more like Christ– – Yeah.
– And are actively pursuing Jesus and relationship–
– That’s it – With one another.
– That’s what it’s all about. – Church trend number three, scrapping tradition for mission. According to Reiner, anywhere between 100 and 200
churches close their doors every single Sunday.
– Wow. – That’s six to 10,000 per year, and that’s in America alone. How do we fix this? Well we refocus on our actual
mission, what’s important. That’s why church trend number one, using social for mission
and church trend number two, actually tracking and
measuring your church’s growth and health in a real accurate
way, are so important. The other thing you’re likely
gonna need to do though, is focus more on the external, meaning those that are not
yet connected to your church, and less on the internal. This will almost certainly require you to scrap some tradition. – Yeah.
– It’s almost going to certainly require the
older people in your church, some of them might get angry. Just be like, well that’s not the way
we’ve always done things. – Right.
– Look Martha, Kennedy, you guys are here. We have you connected
to Christ in our church, but what reached you is likely not what’s gonna reach the people
that are outside our church. And so when you focus more on external, yes you’re focusing on
the mission of the church, which is great, but now you’ve
got the existing people upset and this isn’t a
comfortable place to be in. – Right. – This is tension filled, but what’s the other option? What other choice do we have? – Yeah. – We’re living through the
biggest communication shift in 500 years. That is gonna require drastic changes– – Yes.
– To adjust to that. Otherwise, we’re gonna be one
of these 100, 200 churches, every single Sunday– – Wow.
– In America, that’s closing their doors. – And of these churches that are closing, I just wonder out loud. How many of these churches
are part of a church split that were arguing about what kind of music we
need to sing on Sundays, or what do we wear on stage on Sundays, or what side of the
auditorium do men sit on, and do women have their heads covered? All of these things that result, these traditional things that
we’ve done for so long, right, that result in denominational splits, that result in smaller churches, that result in closed churches. These were never things, these were never hills we
were supposed to die on. And so, if we could just be open to a little bit of flexibility, a little bit of evolution,
a little bit of change, maybe we’d see some better results. – Three church trends, to summarize. Number one, using social primarily for mission not promotion. Number two, the new rules
for measuring church growth. You can download that free
calculator in the show notes, and number three, scrapping
tradition for mission. That’ll do it for this
episode of Pro Church Tools. We’ll see you next time. ♪ Amen ♪ – Hey.
– Hey. – Time to talk. Thanks for watching this video, make sure to subscribe so
you never miss another one. – And we only need one
more thing from you, like this video. (upbeat music)

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 8 comments

  1. We've actually been using social (Facebook) to post teachings and testimonies for years in my part of the world (South Africa)… So basically, we restage the whole service on social media, although we don't do video (because of expenses) but we replay the whole service in text and pictures for someone who did not attend church…

  2. Been thinking about this for a while. Great Points. Glad to this movement happening. The measurement of attendance ends up being very surface level and even though, it is a measurable indicator, I feel like it prevents us from going deeper. As in, yes we have these numbers, It's good enough. But the real depth of discipleship does not take place. So adding things, like measuring small group attendance growth, etc will help to expand that.

  3. The line you guys always use can even go so far as to say the "biggest communication shift in the history of the world." Great video guys!

  4. I don’t know if you read the comments, but here is my Question. How do you make church feel like a community? My church I love the people, unfortunately no ones feels the love through all the cliques and emotionless faces. It’s like they are all asleep. I just want to help. What can I do?

  5. Our church population declines greatly during Winter due to snowbirding. I agree, the real guage is whether those present are growing spiritually! It's just not about the numbers 😉


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *