What does the future hold?

Three hundred words on the future of the Christian church that will challenge your thinking and ask broad questions about the possibilities and limits of technology. You may also find a helpful tool, and a fun distraction.
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‘Uncertain times, unsettled lives’

In September the United Nations Development Program published their ‘Human Development Report’ which described the state of play as being one of a ‘nagging sense that whatever control we have over our lives is slipping away, that the norms and institutions that we used to rely on for stability and prosperity are not up to the task of today’s uncertainty complex’. It went on to say that ‘for many, getting from point A to point B in their lives and in their communities feels unclear, unsure, hard – harder still when persistent inequalities, polarisation, and demagoguery make it difficult to agree on what point B even is and to get moving’.
The tagline of this astute commentary? ‘Uncertain times, unsettled lives’.

Four key shifts facing the Church

Shift 1: As generations age, the values of the millennial-influenced worldview will increasingly become normative.
Shift 2: As adaptive challenges increase, the necessity of embracing and leveraging collective intelligence will yield disproportionate returns.
Shift 3: In a digital world, the online reality is here to stay.
Shift 4: As times change, the template for the leader will return to the person and pattern of Jesus as our role model for life and leadership.

The challenge is that we have institutionalised much of our church life, and we are likely to defend or tweak it rather than making the words, works and ways of Jesus our defining narrative.
This will take leadership rather than management.

Nurturing Trust as a Cornerstone for Ministry

Trust is an essential aspect of leadership.
When people trust their leader, they’re willing to undertake change even if it scares them.
When they don’t feel that trust, transition is much less likely to occur.
The good news is that you can build trust, the bad news is that it takes time.

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