My Picks for Monday 2-29-2016

This is the stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

This trend is easy to detect. Responding appropriately requires some wisdom…

Cultural Trends Pastors Should RecognizeEd Stetzer
Cultural Trends Pastors Should Recognize“In reality, the most effective evangelistic methodology right now is probably people bringing their friends to a church gathering. But we should examine the current trends to see where the church and culture are headed.

A significant percentage of the population has genuine goodwill towards Christians and towards churches, and sees church attendance as admirable. We should seize the opportunity of that goodwill and unashamedly seek to reach people by utilizing what some call an attractional method, which is a “come-and-see” approach to reaching those outside of your church…

…That’s true in most places in the English-speaking Western world.

But, it’s changing…

Over the next few decades, however, I think this general goodwill toward churches will dissipate. As that happens, we must adopt a more incarnational, a go-and-tell type strategy to evangelize effectively.

The current trajectory, if I am right, ends with low goodwill towards the church. Thus, attractional ministries will become less effective, and incarnational ministries will be more necessary.”

More thoughts on the same subject…

5 Reasons Engagement Will Drive Almost All Future Church GrowthCarey Nieuwhof
future church growth“…in growing, effective churches,  attendance had become an established path to engagement.

The big idea was this: come, and eventually you’ll get engaged.

That worked (quite effectively, actually) when people used to flock to church.

But in an era when the number of unchurched is constantly on the rise and even Christians don’t attend church as often anymore (here are 10 reasons for that), that strategy is becoming less and less effective.

… in the future church attendance won’t drive engagement; engagement will drive attendance.

The goal will become to get people engaged faster and to engage people more deeply in the true mission of the church.

In the future, the engaged will attend because, in large measure, only the engaged will remain.”

This could be interesting…

5 things to watch when the Supreme Court hears its biggest abortion case in 25 yearsCharles Camosy
 A view of the Supreme Court on Oct. 7, 2014. Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe“Wednesday’s case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, springs from a Texas law that added safety standards to abortion clinics in line with other surgical clinics. It requires physicians to have admitting privileges at the local hospital and stipulates that hallways must be wide enough for gurneys to wheel women into an ambulance, for example. Those who challenge the law as an undue burden argue the added expense will force clinics to close, and that the law is actually an attempt to restrict abortion access.

The case gets at the heart of the “undue burden” argument. The court could define it very specifically, in which case not only this Texas law but also dozens of other state laws may be affected.”

Are you surprised by this? I’m not…

Which Generation is Most Distracted by Their Phones?
Alex Mayyasi
“But if you want to characterize a large group of people, you want to have something to compare them to. And when you compare technology use among young people and middle-aged people, you discover something that, in hindsight, should seem pretty obvious—at least to always-connected working parents: 

Adults are as addicted—if not more addicted—to technology as teenagers.”

So, have a nice day…
Source: Off the Mark

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