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1 Engaging Culture and Being Church in Tough Times David Schoen Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Including material used with permission from Rick Morse, V.P. New Church Ministry, Christian Church (DOC) Church Extension © 2007 All rights reserved

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9 Holy Toll: Impact of 2008 Recession on Congregations

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11 Ways the Economic Crisis Impacted Congregations

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14 Churches are stressed today by: Financial Difficulties Generational Challenges Birth Rates Cultural Factors Church Changes What does it all mean to the Church?

15 More generations today than ever… Gen Z (0-11) Millennials (12-30) Survivors (31-48) Boomers (49-65) Silents (66-83) Builders (84+) Each generation has unique events that formed it, and a different view of life.

16 Dominant values and behaviors of older boomers and older groups Whatever is right for the group is right for me Appreciate sameness (i.e. Traditional liturgy) Committee structures that are tried and true Deferred pleasure until you have what you need to make the purchase Spirituality of place Organize as a group to form a block (tenacious about position) Circle the wagons; get people on your team to protect whats important Get it done! 35% of the US Population

17 Dominant behaviors of young boomers and younger groups: Ask first, what is good for the individual Individualized style and differentiation Appreciate Difference/multiple choices Trained to look for segments of population so that one size never fits all See themselves as the correctors of the previous generations Spirituality of journey…find spiritual insight wherever they are and in relationship, not primarily place Tribal 65% of the US Population

18 Churches didnt use to worry about generations… Founders Their children Grandchildren & families A few transplants Stephen Compton

19 Many Churches have Lost a generation or 2: Churches do not anticipate loosing youth…(even though that has been the pattern for 40 years) Young adults report: Relocation after college or school Difficulty in assimilation because church style IF they visitlittle generational affinity Most mainline youth become unchurched Roof and McKinney

20 Another part of the issue is membership orientation Pay dues…sign line EXPECT care, access, privilege, control, service by staff…etc. Loses vision for a mission that can be characterized by Gods love in Christ for the world. It is Exclusive The post-modern world has little interest in membership organizations POWER SURGE, Michael Foss

21 The result is aging congregations While the younger cohort equals 65% of the population, they are only on average about 30% of existing congregations Growing Gaps in understanding

22 Age of Protestant Populations – Total Population Total Protestants Nondenom Charismatic Churches Nondenom Evangelical Churches Church of God in Christ Assemblies of God American Baptist Churches Southern Baptist Convention African Methodist Episcopal United Methodist Church Ev. Lutheran Church of America Disciples of Christ Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Presbyterian Church in America Episcopal Church in the USA Presbyterian Church USA United Church of Christ Anglican Church

23 Another cultural factor is Population Shift: The majority of housing in the US was built since Population has moved to metropolitan areas Migration to South and coasts Population has moved away from existing congregations!

24 Birth Rates: Since the pill Anglo birth rates dropping / / Mainline Anglos have a very low birth-rate due to aging populations VERY Little Biological Growth!

25 There has been significant change in our racial-ethnic population Racial ethnic composition of most neighborhoods has changed since 1960 Many congregations have little or no affinity with their neighbors

26 Racial ethnic growth must be recognized Ethnic growth: In the next 50 years the US Pop. Will grow by 50%. 90% of that growth will be people of color In 2000, Hispanics became the largest racial ethnic minority The US has the 3 rd largest Spanish speaking population By 2050 there will be no majority racial group By 2100 Hispanics will be the largest group

27 Racial Ethnic Birth Rates: African Am Native Am Asian Pac. I Hispanic 22.6 (Anglo 11.7) Per 1000 Most future growth will be in Racial Ethnic congregations

28 Who are they, and where do they come from? (Revelation 7:14) MissionInsite Demographics flexible web based information system comprehensive socioeconomic and lifestyle data interactive mapping platform strategic information resource for ministry

29 Who are your Neighbors

30 Family Convenience 8.2 %

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32 Ministry Applications for Mosaic Lifestyle Portraits

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34 Getting MissionInsite Info UCC has national contract with MissionInsite 11 Conferences part of national contract Your OCWM at work. Participants in this Webinar Go to to-Register-UCC-National-8-09.pdfhttp://www.ucc.org/newchurch/gallup/MI-How- to-Register-UCC-National-8-09.pdf

35 There is also a shifting attitude towards organized religion 65% of the US population cannot remember a time when clergy were respected. Denominational loyalty means nothing to most people. The average person believes that no particular religion has claim to truth.

36 Shifting attitudes towards faith

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40 Since 1991 adult population in the US grew by 15%. During that same period the unchurched population grew by 92%! 75 million US adults do not attend church 'Unchurched' Americans say church is 'full of hypocrites' consider Christianity to be more about organized religion than about loving God and people, …unchristian. Unchurched USA

41 New Generations – Outsiders to Christian Faith Age% OutsidersPopulation to Christianity 61+23%12 Million %21 Million %34 Million %24 Million

42 44 percent -- agreed that "Christians get on my nerves. Vast majority of young non-Christians view Christianity as anti-gay, judgmental hypocritical, unwelcoming, too political, out of touch. But 78 percent said they would be willing to listen to someone who wanted to tell them about his or her Christian beliefs. Almost three-quarters percent -- agreed that God "actually exists and an even larger percentage percent -- said they believed they could have a good relationship with God without church involvement.

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47 The urgency of our times should not be driven by our decline in the United Church of Christ. The urgency of our times should be a new generation and population attuned to the values of our message and witness. See Millenials report Pew Research Urgency of our times

48 21 st Century Culture and Church Change from Modern to Postmodern World Its a Whole New World – Anthony Robinson Reason Where moderns wanted their preachers to explain mystery, post-moderns want to experience mystery. Optimism & Objectivity Post-moderns are not so sure that salvation is around the corner or that objective science and technology are our saviors. What some call objective truth, is the interest of the powerful and privileged.

49 21 st Century Culture and Church Change from Modern to Postmodern World Universality & The Grand Story Post-moderns revel in the local, indigenous and the particular. Post-moderns tend to be skeptics about this big story. Small stories, particular stories, and different versions of reality appeal to the post- modern mind. For Post-moderns Make it spiritual and experiential. Make it personal, real and authentic Make it about mission & ministry not committees Make it fit and reflect their lives

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51 Postmodern Culture and Church Christianity in North America has moved (or been moved) away from its position of dominance loss not only of numbers but of power and influence within society. Rather than occupying a central and influential place, North American Christian churches are increasingly marginalized, in our urban areas they represent a minority movement It is now a truism to speak of North America as a mission field. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Edited by Darrell Guder, the Gospel and Our Culture Network

52 What does it all mean to the Church? We are all at a threshold, a kairos moment.

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54 PHYLLIS TICKLES basis thesis is that every 500 years, the Church goes through a rummage sale, and cleans out the old forms of spirituality and replaces it with new ones. Play Video

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56 Missional Church The Church exists to serve Gods Mission Mission as Missio Dei, UCC Committee on Structure, 1992 The church of Jesus Christ is the instrument and sign of Gods mission and realm. Gods mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves.

57 Being Church in the 21 st Century Missional in Purpose Get the church outside of itself Relational in Outreach Its all about relationships Conversational in Witness Everyday talk of god Web/Social Network Based

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61 Engaging Online Audiences Connecting new audiences online Church Website Invitational Interactive Messaging E.newsletter Links Facebook Church fanpage Your own Links Advertising

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65 Engaging new Technology Blasts Daily Devotional Twitter You Tube Webinars Go To Meetings Apps

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69 Resources for Missional Congregations Vitality Resources on Its a Whole New World Anthony Robertson grow/know-community-culture/its-a-whole- new-world.html grow/know-community-culture/its-a-whole- new-world.html Vitality Interviews Vitality Powerpoint - Retreat Resources MissionInsite demographics How-to-Register-UCC-National-8-09.pdf How-to-Register-UCC-National-8-09.pdf

70 Being Church in the 21 st Century Missional in Purpose Get the church outside of itself Relational in Outreach Its all about relationships Conversational in Witness Everyday talk of god Web/Social Network Based

71 What have you learned today? How does it impact your ministry? How will you use this information?

72 Thank You! Thank you for your vital leadership and stillspeaking voice Thank you! Your financial support is Changing Lives: Thats Our Churches Wider Mission


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