Originally written for TonyMorganLive.com
In just the past couple decades, the Church has experienced a major transition as the Sunday School model has been replaced by small groups. This strategic shift was pioneered by forward-thinking leaders seeking a more effective method of discipleship relevant to their culture. While this transition was critical, I’m sure it’s not the last to be made. As our culture continues to change, our methods will undoubtedly have to adjust.
What future shift could be on the horizon? Here’s what I believe:
Volunteer teams have the potential to replace small groups as the strategic cornerstone for community and discipleship.
By “volunteer teams,” I’m not just talking about people who serve during weekend worship services. While those are certainly important, the greatest potential lies with serving in the community. The work of the church, after all, is to equip followers of Christ to do as He did.
Consider the following factors that could lead the Church to this change…
- Millennials are already serving more than previous generations. Just a few months ago, the AP reporteda significant increase in the level of volunteer involvement among adults under 30 years old. In 1989, just 14% of adults under 30 volunteered. In 2013, that number reached 20%. Granted, 1 out of 5 leaves plenty of room for growth. But previous generational trends suggest that Millennials will only get more involved in community service.