Jump directly to the Content

Small Wonders

"Mustard Seed" movements that are reshaping the church.

For nearly 30 years, Tom Sine has kept an eye on "the lively edge" of ministry in the ever-changing culture. In his latest book, The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time (IVP, 2008), Sine identifies "mustard seed" movements of faith that build God's kingdom.

What are the greatest challenges you see facing the church now?

The Western church is losing twenty- and thirty-somethings at an unprecedented rate, even while there's a growing spiritual hunger among those groups. This is going to lead to a financial crisis for the church and mission as baby boomers start retiring.

Because they are strapped with much higher school and housing costs, the few young people left in the church won't have the discretionary income that their parents or grandparents had to sustain the church. At the same time, the average American is working roughly 10 hours more a week than he was 15 to 20 years ago. That means these young people will have less time for family, church, prayer, ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

December
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
How Cars Created the Megachurch
How Cars Created the Megachurch
And put churchgoers in the driver's seat
From the Magazine
Joseph’s Simplicity Was Actually Spiritual Maturity
Joseph’s Simplicity Was Actually Spiritual Maturity
God entrusted his only Son to a man who could not provide as his culture expected.
Editor's Pick
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
Why I left a promising boxing career behind after coming to Christ.
close