One of the most talked about demographics among church leaders today are millennials. (Not familiar with the term millennial? Here is a quick overview. Also check out this book from Thom Rainer.) As these 20 somethings move into church leadership over the next two decades, the way we do church is likely to change dramatically. We're already seeing some significant shifts as captured in books like The Next Christians and The Tangible Kingdom.
It is true that the right programming is integral to reach and build community in a particular region. But I absolutely believe that more is not always better. After reading Jared C. Wilson’s recent post, 10 Reasons to Underprogram Your Church, I am even more convinced!
It's not about church software because it's NEVER been about church software.
Sometimes people work hard to make it about software...subscriptions plans...upgrades...support...etc. It's obvious what their end game is. Users. Renewals. Which translates...for the business...into a steady income stream. (That means I get to be LAZY and just keep the systems running smoothly.)
But if it's not about software....then what in the world is it about? What could it possibly be about?
I recently read a great eBook by Greg Nettle and Alex Absalom titled One Of. In this resource, Greg and Alex unpack the process of moving churches from an attractional model to one more missional in the approach to outreach and ministry. One overarching theme throughout the book that really struck a chord with me was,