The New Guard

It seems to me that the torch is being passed from one generation of Megachurch pastors like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, Ed Young Sr., and T.D. Jakes, to the next generation — Erwin McManus, Ed Young Jr., Andy Stanley, etc. The old guard, in my opinion, is doing their best work now. They seem to have balanced out  a bit and are taking the time to mentor younger ministers.

I know there are some who think that in 10 years the institutional church will be gone and everyone will meet in soup kitchens and homes. But the truth is that churches are getting bigger and smaller nationwide. There are more megachurches than at any other time in American history, and the number continues to increase rapidly. I’m curious about what all this means for the future of the church in the world.

Here’s a question: Do you think that the church universal will have a greater or lesser impact on the world for Christ over the next 20 years than it has in the last 20?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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