Well with the final post in this series discussing Denominations and Networks, I’d like to address the future for church networks. Here’s what I anticipate:
- Networks have come out of pastors’ desire for relationship and cooperation. As our culture continues to move toward less and less human interaction, I see networks only increasing their role in the ministry world.
- Networks will continue to become more specialized and cause driven. Today there are church planting networks – I think in the years to come we will see networks also form around children’s ministries, youth ministries and even worship styles. But each of these networks will ultimately work toward a common cause.
- As some networks will grow in size and possibly even become denominational in their size, their influence in the church world will increase. They will be seen as the cutting edge of ministry and Christian collaboration.
- Some denominations, in their desire to remain relevant, will begin to adopt the look and feel of a network. Some may even begin calling themselves a network.
- Denominations and Networks alike will continue to work together to advance the Kingdom of God. Cities and Nations will be forever changed. And God will receive all the glory for the unity of His followers regardless of what form it takes.
Anything you would add? Where do you see Denominations & Networks going in the coming years?