06.08.15

Five Macro-trends and What They Mean to Your Youth Ministry by Kurt Johnston

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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.

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