Michael Frost has just done a series of blog posts about The death of suburbia and how this trend away from the traditional "American Dream" lifestyle might affect a church institution so attached to the idea of suburbia.
But I wonder how many ministries are married to something which, if not currently, then inevitably, will hobble or kill it?
How many ministries are so deeply invested in their traditions or structures that they won't be able to change, even if society dictates that it should?
How many churches would never shift their leadership structures or church service order no matter how backwards or outdated they might seem?
How many ministries won't embrace technology in order to communicate their message better or reach a wider audience?
How many ministries won't change the structures or activities which "worked in the past" or "got them to come for the first time?"
Inevitably, every denomination, church, ministry and activity has a set of values and identifying markers.
The hard question is, are these cherished things the anchors which will eventually drag us down because we couldn't let them go once society demands that we have to move in a fresh direction?