Five New Challenges for the “Post-Post” Pandemic Church

Thought your church had reached a “new normal” post-pandemic? Think again, warns Thom Rainer. With cultural change blurring by, he says churches are entering a new “post post-pandemic” era, bringing five fresh challenges. Assumptions about normalcy can leave you outdated, inward organizational focus distracts from outward mission, and standards for evangelism have slipped. Meanwhile, pastors face unprecedented mental health strains. And an increasingly unbiblical culture leaves churches struggling to relate. For Rainer, this era demands prescient methods, renewed evangelistic zeal, compassion for leaders, and deepened cultural understanding. But he insists that with God’s strength, we can rise to engage this new mission field.

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