Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Mark DeVries is a leading scholar/practitioner on youth ministry. He is see here speaking to the ministry faculties of Wesley Seminary and IWU. His graph shows that 90% of MDiv students anticipated full time ministry in 1970, while today that has dropped to 41%. He points out that they still are seeking to do ministry, they expect to be bi-vocational, ministering in both religious and secular environments.
From a presentation to the combined theology/ministry faculties of Wesley Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University, 8/25/17.
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Thom Ranier is a first-rate researcher as well as a friend. We both have received the Donald A. McGavran award for leadership in church growth. So when Thom comes out with his annual ‘trends for the year’ – everybody should take notice. Listen to this podcast for the details, but here are the major points.”
Some highlights from the episode include (taken from the website):
- The Millennial generation is almost insisting on smaller worship gatherings.
- A larger percentage of church attendees are attending larger churches.
- The multi-teaching pastor trend we are seeing in churches is a healthy trend for pastors and churches.
- In 2015, less than 5% of churches in America will continue to hold a separate Sunday evening service.
- The majority of churches in America have been isolated from their community in recent years. But that is changing.
- Denominations are becoming more streamlined with more money going to the mission field.
- A church that does not put an emphasis on small groups is likely not a healthy church.
The 15 trends to look for in 2015 are:
- More partnerships between denominations and churches.
- Continued increased in the number of multi-site churches.
- Smaller worship gatherings.
- Continued flow of people from smaller churches to larger churches.
- The tipping point for a plurality of teaching pastors.
- The tipping point of churches eliminating Sunday evening worship services.
- Congregations growing in favor in their respective communities.
- The beginnings of prayer movement in our churches.
- More emphasis on congregational singing.
- More focus on theological education in local churches.
- The waning and reconfiguration of denominational structures.
- A rapid increase in bivocational church staff.
- Increased difficulty in matching prospective pastors with churches with pastoral vacancies.
- Growth of verbal incarnational evangelism.
- The tipping point for small groups.
Listen to more at … http://thomrainer.com/2015/01/23/15-church-trends-2015-rainer-leadership-092/