Somewhere, somehow, we’ve bought into the notion that serious study is preferable to joyful encounter, that critical thought is better than exuberant laughter. Could that be why so many churches are dying?

Could that be why so many churches are greying?

Could that be why so many Christians are perceived as loveless and harsh?

“Stories trump statistics. It’s more important to convey the reason why you are presenting the numbers instead of the intricacies of the numbers themselves. Telling a good story isn’t a quantitative skill, but it is a skill that requires intuition about what your audience wants to hear and how to tell it in a compelling manner.” – John Maeda

The church of the future will privilege adventurers over academics, giving her people a hands-on experience with Christ that allows us all to get caught up in the Story of God.

Adapted from Then. Now. Next.: A Biblical vision of the church, the kingdom, and the future.