After a very busy week that included a 13 mile run in 90+ heat (with super high humidity), Homecoming Revival, two term papers, and a belated anniversary trip with my wife, I’m ready to offer my response to the question I posted last week.
What is the most important challenge(s) you believe American Christianity will be facing in the next fifty years?
The next fifty years will undoubtedly bring significant changes and challenges to the contemporary church. One of the challenges specific to America will be that of missions. The trend of spiritual decline, which is already evident in our nation, coupled with the rapidly expanding world population will make global evangelization a tremendous challenge. An increasingly materialistic spirit that chokes off the spirit of sacrificial surrender and giving will bring further difficulties in the area of missions.
Another challenge for American Christianity will be living and ministering in a pluralistic society. The restrictions and limitations are already on the rise. In the years to come this can only get worse. The church will have to learn to function with far less liberties and in greater diversity than it has in the past. The challenge for many will be finding balance in living within such a culture yet not surrendering to its demands.
So, what do you think? Want to expand, question, or disagree? Even if you didn’t answer before, feel free to share your thoughts now.