- Read the book of Acts. Read the letters to the early churches. What changes do your church need to make to become a New Testament church?
- What does church staffing look like with a blank slate? Is it time to shift models?
The 21st Century Church Will Look Like the 1st Century Church
The 21st Century Church Won't Be Sustained by Tithes and Offerings
- A growing majority of people in our communities find no value in "organized" religion or traditional church. And no matter how great our preaching, music, or programs are, they will NEVER set foot inside our church building.
- Millenial and Gen Z Christians are giving tithes and offerings to churches at rates that pale in comparison to their parents and grandparents. This means that churches will not be able to sustain themselves by tithes and offerings alone.
So what does this mean for pastors in a post-caronavirus church?
21st Century Pastors Will Work in the Marketplace
I think it's time for full-time pastors to adapt and become like the 1st century "tentmaker" who developed streams of income from sources outside their church.
A generation or two ago, it was practically considered a "sin" in some theological circles for pastors to consider working a job or side hustle alongside their pastoral ministry.
I heard these words expressed several times by pastors and professors: "If you can see yourself doing anything else besides preaching God's Word, then you should go do that instead of being a pastor."
The next generation will think nothing of covocational pastors who work full-time or part-time in a job AND pastor a church. Or of pastors who fully-fund their pastoral ministry through their own business enterprise.
How Will You Survive the Transition?
But what will happen to pastors like you and I who are caught somewhere in between? I think it's time for us to flip our lives before they get flipped on us.
- Take stock of all your skills and abilities that are transferrrable to the marketplace
- Have a conversation with your supervisor or board chair regarding the possibility necessity of developing a tandem career in the marketplace
- Explore part-time job options or take steps to launch your own business or side hustle
Personally, I'm launching a coaching business to help pastors find the clarity, tools, and courage they need to take action and thrive when everything changes, so they can create more income, take control of their time, and change their family's future.
What's your next move?