My Big Church Podcasts
My Big Church Podcasts
33: Sunday August 11, 2019 | Mindy Watson : Futuristic - The Future of the Church

“you cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” — Abraham Lincoln

Culture is Loud while the Church is Quiet 
– we’re allowing culture to shape us instead of the Church shape culture 
– we can’t expect things, people, government to change if we’re not doing something about it 
– culture wants us to bow our knees to it but GOD wants our knees to Him

It’s time for us to be missionaries for the next generation
– start training up the next generation 
– ““These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke‬ ‭10:2‬

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. — Malcom X 
– Today we are preparing to make the world a better place tomorrow

Based George Barna’s Research from the Barna Group
– Gen X: 1961-1981
– Grew up in “Apple Pie America” 
– Went to church on every Sunday 
– Idol: look good on the outside but don’t let people know the mess you are on the inside 
– created the spiritual mask 
– Key Scriptures: 
– 1 Samuel 16:7
– Matthew 23:28
– Matthew 7:20 
– the average church model ONLY reaches Gen X 
– Millennials: 1981-1996
– The bridge generation: one foot in Gen X and one foot in Gen Z 
– Fastest Generation leaving the church
– WHY? Because they want authentic, REAL relationships with Jesus and others with messages that they able to apply to their everyday lives 
– Idol: own ego 
– Key scriptures:
– James 4:10 
– Jeremiah 9:23-24 
– Gen Z: 1996-Present
– faith is the least important thing in their lives 
– WHY? 
– The evil in the world 
– “if there’s a God how can there be evil in the world?” 
– Christians are hypocrites 
– 61% say they can find God somewhere else besides church 
– Idol: Tolerance 
– anything goes and anything is okay as long as they’re happy

The future of the Church is only going to be effective if we ask these three questions:
1. What is truth? 
2. Where do I belong? 
3. Does my life matter?

The answer for the future of the Church is to be Multi-Generational

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