Over the next twenty-five years many changes will occur within the church in this country. For the most part those changes will, I believe, be for the better. The following is a list of twenty-five things we will see as we move forward. The list is a mix of positive and negative, and is in no particular order:
1. Churches will get bigger (mega-churches) and smaller (simple churches).
2. Church attendance will decline.
3. More and more Christians will not attend anywhere.
4. Christians will increasingly search for real, meaningful relationships.
5. For an increasing number of believers, relationships will trump doctrine.
6. The gospel will be viewed as primary, with other doctrines taking on less and less importance.
7. Women will play an ever increasing and important role in the life of the church.
8. The definition of discipleship will shift from head knowledge to obedience.
9. Persecution will increase; religious liberty will continue to erode.
10. Churches will become more and more technology-driven.
11. Because of cost the USA will send fewer missionaries overseas.
12. American churches will fund an increasing number of national missionaries in their home countries.
13. More missionaries from other countries will come to the USA.
14. Denominational lines will blur.
15. Numerous seminaries will close; those remaining will grow larger.
16. Clergy will decrease in significance, while the laity rises.
17. More and more paid pastors will become bi-vocational.
18. The Republican Party will distance itself from conservative Christians.
19. Churches will lose financial breaks from the government.
20. False teaching will increase.
21. Churches will gather in increasingly non-traditional locations.
22. Good works will increase.
23. Churches will increasingly care more for the poor and needy.
24. Churches will become more and more ethnically diverse.
25. Unity within the Christ's church as a whole will increase significantly.
What do you think? Am I wrong about anything? Did I leave anything out?