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Posts Tagged ‘The Church in 2030’

A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, part 7 of 7: Indigenous Leaders

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

First, thank you for participating in Giving Tuesday. Joyfully, over $20,000 has already been given! If you haven’t made a gift, could I invite you to make one now? We are stretched to help the church of today become the church of tomorrow and the church of tomorrow be a vibrant church! …in 2030! The 7th … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, part 6 of 7: Theological Education

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

A vibrant church has emerged in the United States in 2030. The hinge that swung the door toward a vibrant future hung on everyday followers of Jesus learning to disciple others to follow Jesus. Contrary to popular imagination a decade earlier, theological education in 2030 has become more important and more widespread.   The shift from … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 5 of 7: Life-Giving Networks

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

No one gets there on their own! This was the common theme a decade ago when leaders and congregations started charting new, hope-filled courses toward 2030.  They knew the stakes were high.  They knew the sense of loss of the treasured, the familiar, would be overwhelming at times in congregations. They knew that they didn’t … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 4 of 7: Leader Teams

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

A vibrant church has emerged in 2030 that’s lead by teams of disciple-making leaders. There are very few full-time salaried pastors now in 2030. There are plenty of wonderful exceptions. Large churches. Other models. But the vast majority of what has emerged is being led and gathered by teams of leader-disciples…oftentimes collaborating alongside pastors.  Teams—not … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the US in 2030 -Part 3 of 7: Communities of Missionaries

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

You already know the institutional church is a whisper of what it was in 2030. Mostly gone.     But, over the last decade a vibrant church has begun to emerge… The church discovered that it could carry a “light backpack.”  It invested in relational discipleship. Changed the congregational culture. It was the single greatest shift responsible … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 2 of 7: Making Disciples for Life

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

No one single shift did more to change what emerged as a vibrant church in 2030 than the rapid development of relational discipleship/apprenticeship. A disciple investing their time, energy, skills, and life in others to make better followers of Jesus.  It’s hard to imagine that a decade earlier it would have been unusual for most … Continue reading

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U-Haul Truck

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

By 2030 much of the institutional church in the U.S. will have significantly collapsed. We’re not wishing it to go away. It just is. It’s exponentially accelerating toward that juncture now! You can tell that we’re not campaigning to win a popular vote right now! It’s incumbent upon us to help give birth to what … Continue reading

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The Christian Church in 2030

By: Jock Ficken

For Gail and me, here’s our sobering reality: By 2030 the Christian landscape in the United States will be mostly cleared. Historic denominations will be a whisper of what they once were…by 2030. Congregations gone. Many more will be simply shadows of what they once were…by 2030. The Christian “footprint” of the people of God will … Continue reading

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