Posted by: pastordiehl   in The Church and Change

America is changing. And has been. The United States population has moved from 20% urban in 1870, to 40% in 1900, to 70% in 1980, and now 90% urban in 2000. This radical shift in lifestyle has affected every corner of America. Consider the following differences listed by author Aubrey Malphurs:

Rural Communities Urban Communities
Status quo Change
Sameness Diversity
Harmony Conflict Management
Smallness Bigness
Established Mobile

These attitudes affect ministry in all denominations. Churches which were established by Rural-minded people are now frustrated trying to reach Urban-minded people. Church leaders cannot keep the church as it once was, but must minister to the new attitudes in our culture. And young pastors of these Rural-minded churches must understand the dynamics of the church they are shepherding or it will rapidly end in a split.

What is your own experience in this change of attitudes in America? Or do you disagree with Malphurs’ assumption?

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