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trend tracker 2023: digging deeper 


1. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR): a supercharger for mission

2. Dis-Integration of the West: the fragmentation continues

  • “Neil Howe: The Fourth Turning Has Begun, How Will it Unfold?” Wealthion video:

  • “The Grant Williams Podcast”

  • “Rebuilders” podcast, with Mark Sayers of Red Church.


3. From Post-Christendom to Pre-Christian: religious trend in Canada

  • Thiessen, Joel and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2020.

  • Barna Group. The Open Generation, Vol. 1: How Teens Around the World Relate to Jesus. Ventura, CA: Barna Group, 2022.

  • (“Christianity in Canada 2011-2021" and “Religious Changes in Canada 2011-2021").

4. Increasing Economic Volatility: the storm may not be over

  • “Hidden Forces” podcast, with Demetri Kofinas.

  •  “The Collapse of Our Global Economy” – Hedgeye video with Keith McCullough & Jim Rickards:

  • Joe Rogan Podcast, episode 1921 with Peter Zeihan, author of The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

5. Rise of Right-Wing Populism

  • Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew, Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future. Vanguard Press, 2012.        

  • Joe Rogan Podcast, episode 1985 with Matt Walsh.


6. From Power Leadership to Servant Leadership

  • McKnight, Scott and Laura Barringer. A Church Called TOV: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2020.

  • Ford, Wegner and Hirsch. The Starfish and the Spirit: Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2021.

  • Wilder, Jim and Michel Hendricks. The Other Half of Church: Christian Community, Brain Science and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2020.


7. From Ministry Capacity to Disciple Making Capacity

  • Watson, David L., and Paul D. Watson. Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery. Nashville, TN: Tommy Nelson, 2014.

  • Moran, Roy. Spent Matches: Igniting the Signal Fire for the Spiritually Dissatisfied. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2015.



8. The Rise of Co-vocation and Marketplace Ministry

9. From Traditional Model Church to Micro Disciple-Making Environments

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