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Ed Stetzer on Pastors and Change

Research shows most pastors think significant changes are coming in the next 10 years.

Ed Stetzer recently presented data to the attendees of the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. Much of that data was shared in the Winter issue of Leadership journal. In this post, Ed Stetzer explores additional information that was, until now, only available to the attendees at Catalyst.

Change. It's happening at such a pace it has become cliché.

Joel Barker is so 80's. Yet Barker is still around. A self-described "futurist," Baker popularized the term, "paradigm" to describe our behavior patterns. Our recent Lifeway Research findings inspired us to go back and consider one of his most famous warnings:

"You can and should shape your own future; because if you don't someone else surely will."

Influencing the future begins with assessing our current realities. Predictions of radical change are nothing new. Walt Disney made a nice living imagining the future since the mid-1900's. Two futures are critical for the church to understand and embrace. Although our ability to control the future is questionable, ...

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