This ain’t your momma’s America. The societal change in North America, and Western Europe, in the last generation has been remarkable.
Secularism has been on the rise. Church attendance has been down. And whatever optimism we may have about the rebirth of spirituality among the rising generation, this is not the society of yesteryear. We live in an increasingly post-Christian milieu, and there is a growing sense in healthy evangelical congregations that we can’t just keep doing things the way we’ve always done them.
Not everything needs to be rethought, but some of the methods with which we’ve been most comfortable need serious and careful evaluation in light of our quickly evolving context. And according to pastor and author Jonathan Dodson, one of the areas that most needs our attention is evangelism.