Cultural trends do affect ministry. That is not to say we should give in to them or change the message of the Gospel one iota. But we should know the times and speak God’s truth lovingly and appropriately to people at their point of need or want.
I believe the true front door of the church is now a church’s website. Most people – and especially adults under 50 – will not visit a church until they first check it out on the web. People do not check out the Yellow Pages anymore. They Google.
I’m Ray Gentry, the husband of Debra & father of April & Allison. I serve over 80 congregations on the southside of Atlanta as Associational Mission Strategist of the Southside Baptist Network. I am also the President/CEO of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL). I’ve served Southern Baptist churches & associations in various roles for over 35 years.