Ed Stetzer posted a valuable insight into the future of the church in Outreach Magazine, and on his blog:
The first is the navigation of a post-seeker context. When I use this term, I do not mean that “seekers” no longer exist. (The Spirit is still at work to enliven the hearts of people and draw them to their need for Christ.) Rather, churches that once targeted seekers are finding that portions of subsequent generations do not have any religious memory at all–and it is harder to appeal to their seeking. They are the “Nones” – those who, when asked about religious affiliation, check “none.” In a post-seeker context, churches will have to create new models to lead their people to engage their neighbors who might not find appealing an invitation to church.
This is so true. The sad part is, so few traditional mainline churches have engaged with active spiritual seekers in the first place. Will they be able to navigate the transition to this generation of post-seekers?