Five Macro-trends and What They Mean to Your Youth Ministry by Kurt Johnston
The business community often speaks in terms of micro and macro trends. A micro-trend is a fad that hits somewhat suddenly, makes a splash and then drops off. A macro-trend lasts much longer, makes a deeper impact and has lasting implications. Micro-trends can be manipulated and even created. Macro-trends are a result of shifting culture and can’t be manipulate or created; they can only be navigated and leveraged.
I’ve listed what I think are five of the biggest macro-trends facing youth ministry today. I think they are worthy of your consideration. Which of these would you remove from your list, and what would you add?
1. THE TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA TSUNAMI
- From pagers to iPhones
- From snail mail to text
- From face-to-face to Facebook to Twitter to Instagram to SnapChat to Vine
2. INCREASINGLY “POST CHRISTIAN” WORLD VIEW
- Less students with a built-in Christian world view
- Christian students less convinced and confident
- Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
3. INCREASED FAITH FADE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
- Is it a real increase, or an increased awareness/concern?
- Either way, it provides us with tremendous opportunity
- Forcing us to re-think some of our modern YM methods
4. RISE OF THE “UBER PARENT”
- Looking to insert their influence into most arenas of child’s life
- High sense of entitlement for their child
- More apparent in white, upper middle class families
5. THE SEXUALITY SHIFT
- Your theology probably hasn’t changed, but theirs has.