By Carey Nieuwhof
Having been through a year like no other, what can you expect as a church leader in 2021?
In all likelihood, this year will lead the church into the post-pandemic world. It won’t be the light switch you hope for (and suddenly, we’re all back!). Instead, it will be a gradual emergence into whatever our normalized future looks like. But at some point in 2021 you’ll look back and realize most of the pandemic is behind you and the future is ahead of you.
The question is, what kind of new reality will emerge?
For church leaders, it will be a different world for sure.
While no one can say exactly what the future holds, here are 8 trends I’m watching and would encourage you and your team to consider and process as well.
- THE MAJORITY OF ATTENDERS MAY NO LONGER BE IN THE ROOM
Physical church attendance has been in decline for decades and COVID in all likelihood accelerated the decline even further.
For years, most pastors didn’t know how to handle anyone who engaged the message or mission outside of their facility.
Moving forward, many church leaders will realize that people who are engaging from home or other places will count just as much as those who are attending in a facility.