Futurecasting: 5 predictions for 2010 about church worship

5 predictions for 2010 about church worship

I have put a very unscientific yet thoughtful list of predictions for the coming year in regards to what we will see in American churches each Sunday.

  1. The profession of leading worship becomes even dicier for those entering it with more drop outs, burn outs and pushed outs. Epidemic becomes pandemic.
  2. We have seen conflict over worship music style, however people will dice up whether the sermon is the “style” the they want or not.
  3. More worship leaders will be in directional roles of leadership than before.
  4. Teaching pastors who do not relate to GenXers and Millennials will begin to leave the pulpit at an increasing rate.
  5. Spiritual formation and contemplation will be even less taboo in the Evangelical brand of faith so that will effect the content of songs and sermons in 2010.

Any you might add to this list? Or, is one of these just a bomb? Chime in!

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Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  13. Clarify what you mean by “directional roles” of leadership….

    1. Directional roles: rather than just directing music, I see a trend developing where the direction of the entire ministry is part of the role and practice.

      1. Got it. Makes sense. I’m pretty sure I’m in agreement on all five…

  14. Clarify what you mean by “directional roles” of leadership….

    1. Directional roles: rather than just directing music, I see a trend developing where the direction of the entire ministry is part of the role and practice.

      1. Got it. Makes sense. I’m pretty sure I’m in agreement on all five…

  15. Clarify what you mean by “directional roles” of leadership….

    1. Directional roles: rather than just directing music, I see a trend developing where the direction of the entire ministry is part of the role and practice.

      1. Got it. Makes sense. I’m pretty sure I’m in agreement on all five…

  16. Clarify what you mean by “directional roles” of leadership….

    1. Directional roles: rather than just directing music, I see a trend developing where the direction of the entire ministry is part of the role and practice.

      1. Got it. Makes sense. I’m pretty sure I’m in agreement on all five…

  17. Good predictions – especially #5.
    I wonder how the economy will shape most small-to-mid-size churches in 2010 – more bi-vocational ministry?

  18. Good predictions – especially #5.
    I wonder how the economy will shape most small-to-mid-size churches in 2010 – more bi-vocational ministry?

  19. Good predictions – especially #5.
    I wonder how the economy will shape most small-to-mid-size churches in 2010 – more bi-vocational ministry?

  20. Good predictions – especially #5.
    I wonder how the economy will shape most small-to-mid-size churches in 2010 – more bi-vocational ministry?

  21. I work with over two hundred churches in North America and I’m not intelligent enough to completely understand your first two points, however I certainly follow you on the last three and completely agree. Great forecasting!

    1. Tom…perhaps my articulation is not helpful with 1 & 2. See if the following helps:
      1-simply that worship leading as CNN reported is in the top 5 most stressful vocations and the carnage of that reality is going to surface. I see many frustrated more than in any time in the past 20 years. Does that ring true to what you are seeing?

      2-other aspects of our worship are surpassing music as the flashpoints for conflict. With video venues, the glare of celebrity and high expectations the sermon “style” is bound to be a discussion at the water cooler more so in the future. Also, I see theology differences becoming greater as the evangelical church is now lead by a new group of people. Makes sense?

  22. I work with over two hundred churches in North America and I’m not intelligent enough to completely understand your first two points, however I certainly follow you on the last three and completely agree. Great forecasting!

    1. Tom…perhaps my articulation is not helpful with 1 & 2. See if the following helps:
      1-simply that worship leading as CNN reported is in the top 5 most stressful vocations and the carnage of that reality is going to surface. I see many frustrated more than in any time in the past 20 years. Does that ring true to what you are seeing?

      2-other aspects of our worship are surpassing music as the flashpoints for conflict. With video venues, the glare of celebrity and high expectations the sermon “style” is bound to be a discussion at the water cooler more so in the future. Also, I see theology differences becoming greater as the evangelical church is now lead by a new group of people. Makes sense?

  23. I work with over two hundred churches in North America and I’m not intelligent enough to completely understand your first two points, however I certainly follow you on the last three and completely agree. Great forecasting!

    1. Tom…perhaps my articulation is not helpful with 1 & 2. See if the following helps:
      1-simply that worship leading as CNN reported is in the top 5 most stressful vocations and the carnage of that reality is going to surface. I see many frustrated more than in any time in the past 20 years. Does that ring true to what you are seeing?

      2-other aspects of our worship are surpassing music as the flashpoints for conflict. With video venues, the glare of celebrity and high expectations the sermon “style” is bound to be a discussion at the water cooler more so in the future. Also, I see theology differences becoming greater as the evangelical church is now lead by a new group of people. Makes sense?

  24. I work with over two hundred churches in North America and I’m not intelligent enough to completely understand your first two points, however I certainly follow you on the last three and completely agree. Great forecasting!

    1. Tom…perhaps my articulation is not helpful with 1 & 2. See if the following helps:
      1-simply that worship leading as CNN reported is in the top 5 most stressful vocations and the carnage of that reality is going to surface. I see many frustrated more than in any time in the past 20 years. Does that ring true to what you are seeing?

      2-other aspects of our worship are surpassing music as the flashpoints for conflict. With video venues, the glare of celebrity and high expectations the sermon “style” is bound to be a discussion at the water cooler more so in the future. Also, I see theology differences becoming greater as the evangelical church is now lead by a new group of people. Makes sense?

  25. Rich, I think you’re right on with these. Points 2 & 4 are absolutely connected as well. One issue any futurecasting church will need to address is the growing disparity between the styles of senior pastors and their worship leaders. W. leaders/W. pastors are getting younger by the day partially because of the type of music that is being played. It’s a bit tough for people to swallow when little old Doris is banging out Hillsong United on the piano, even if it’s good.
    There is an ever growing generational gap (and consequently style disparity) between the two most visible roles in the church service. I’m not saying we all need to be similar, but when the senior pastor is old enough to be the father (or even grandfather) of the worship leader, there needs to be ground made up somewhere. My kudos to those pastors who have learned to adapt their communication to reach a different generation. Too much of the time, most of the adapting is thrown upon worship leaders and their teams.

    Any thoughts on solutions?

  26. Rich, I think you’re right on with these. Points 2 & 4 are absolutely connected as well. One issue any futurecasting church will need to address is the growing disparity between the styles of senior pastors and their worship leaders. W. leaders/W. pastors are getting younger by the day partially because of the type of music that is being played. It’s a bit tough for people to swallow when little old Doris is banging out Hillsong United on the piano, even if it’s good.
    There is an ever growing generational gap (and consequently style disparity) between the two most visible roles in the church service. I’m not saying we all need to be similar, but when the senior pastor is old enough to be the father (or even grandfather) of the worship leader, there needs to be ground made up somewhere. My kudos to those pastors who have learned to adapt their communication to reach a different generation. Too much of the time, most of the adapting is thrown upon worship leaders and their teams.

    Any thoughts on solutions?

  27. Rich, I think you’re right on with these. Points 2 & 4 are absolutely connected as well. One issue any futurecasting church will need to address is the growing disparity between the styles of senior pastors and their worship leaders. W. leaders/W. pastors are getting younger by the day partially because of the type of music that is being played. It’s a bit tough for people to swallow when little old Doris is banging out Hillsong United on the piano, even if it’s good.
    There is an ever growing generational gap (and consequently style disparity) between the two most visible roles in the church service. I’m not saying we all need to be similar, but when the senior pastor is old enough to be the father (or even grandfather) of the worship leader, there needs to be ground made up somewhere. My kudos to those pastors who have learned to adapt their communication to reach a different generation. Too much of the time, most of the adapting is thrown upon worship leaders and their teams.

    Any thoughts on solutions?

  28. Rich, I think you’re right on with these. Points 2 & 4 are absolutely connected as well. One issue any futurecasting church will need to address is the growing disparity between the styles of senior pastors and their worship leaders. W. leaders/W. pastors are getting younger by the day partially because of the type of music that is being played. It’s a bit tough for people to swallow when little old Doris is banging out Hillsong United on the piano, even if it’s good.
    There is an ever growing generational gap (and consequently style disparity) between the two most visible roles in the church service. I’m not saying we all need to be similar, but when the senior pastor is old enough to be the father (or even grandfather) of the worship leader, there needs to be ground made up somewhere. My kudos to those pastors who have learned to adapt their communication to reach a different generation. Too much of the time, most of the adapting is thrown upon worship leaders and their teams.

    Any thoughts on solutions?

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