Friday, February 16, 2007

Interesting Information About Our Shifting Culture

Welcome to the information age. These are some of the reasons that people are so stressed out. This also points out why ministry is getting more complicated:

Karl Fisch, a high school technology director from Colorado, has created a fascinating presentation of ideas and statistics that explain how our world is drastically shifting from what it used to be. Highlights from the presentation include:
The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet.
There are about 540,000 words in the English language which is about 5 times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

It’s estimated that a week’s worth of The New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
It’s estimated that 1.5
exabytes (1.5 x 10 to the 18th power) of unique new information was generated worldwide in 2006, which is estimated to be more than the previous 5,000 years.
The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years.

It is mind-numbing to think of how fast our world is changing. And it is because of this fast-paced change why relevance is so important for today’s church. It is much easier to stay relevant and understand culture when change is slow. So the question is: as our world continues to increase its rate of cultural change, how can the church keep up with it all?

Quite possibly it may mean that the future of ministry will be niche ministry that focuses on reaching a specific subculture. Link.

HT: Jerry

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