As we raced into 2020, we suddenly found ourselves dealing with the COVID 19-pandemic, disrupted school schedules, and Zoom church services. If all that wasn’t enough, COVID-19 has caused a recession where millions have been laid off….and it isn’t over yet!

While business innovators are trained to anticipate new waves of change before they start planning, most church leaders are not trained to anticipate new challenges. As a consequence of anticipating many incoming waves of change, it often gives them lead time to research and implement innovative ways to respond.

I have been working with churches and Christian non-profits for over three decades showing them how they can also learn to anticipate new waves of change like business innovators. We show them how to anticipate waves of change that are likely to impact those they work with in their churches and communities. Then they have lead time to enable those they work to create some new response before the waves fully arrive.

For example, back in 2007 several leading economists in the US predicted that the United States could be headed into a recession. While every major corporation had a plan of how to deal with the next recession, I couldn’t find any churches or Christian organizations in Seattle who had any plans on how to deal with the new recession.

So, we invited 50 Christian leaders to come together for an idea storming session to come up with ideas they might implement to get ready for a possible recession. Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, WA designed and offered a course on financial planning to enable their members and neighbors to reduce their economic vulnerability. Another church offered courses to teach younger families how to process fresh fruit and vegetable to provide a buffer for a possible recession.

A number of churches posted on their websites those who had cars in their drive ways or rooms in their house that would be available to neighbors in need. As it turned out, participating churches created a range of ways to both prepare their members and created ways to reach out to neighbors during the 2008-2009 recession.(Taken from Tom Sine, “Are You Recession Ready? Leadership Journal, January 1, 2009.)

In spite of this positive preparation, churches made for this recession we failed to anticipate the impact this recession had on Gen Y, the millennial generation. Many of them couldn’t find work or afford to go to college. Many millennials got stuck in their parents basement waiting for life to happen. For those who did go to college, many faced a sudden dramatic increase in costs. Many millennials postponed getting married and starting families.

Today, economists tell us that many in the millennial generation are further behind economically than other generations. Now, Gen Z is in danger of getting hammered by the COVID-19 Recession. Would you like to learn more about the new waves of change that could hammer not only Gen Next, but all the rest of us as well, as we race into 2021!?

2021 RU Ready? Webinar

If you would like to learn more about new challenges that are likely to face Gen Next and all the rest of us in 2021 and beyond, join us on Friday, November 20th at 11 am Pacific Time.

The 2021 RU Ready? Webinar will introduce you to a new book: 2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices to Thrive in a Decade of Accelerating Change that was just released by Fortress Press in September.

My good friend, Dr. Dwight Friesen, who is co-author of the book and teaches Theology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and I will be presenting the webinar. We will not only share some of the challenges we could be encountering in 2021 and beyond, but will also show you a range of ways to create your best life-making, change-making and church-making for 2021 and beyond.

In our interactive hour together, we want to enable you to learn how to anticipate and creatively respond to some of tomorrow’s new opportunities in ways that reflect the teachings of Jesus.

Register for the 2021 RU Ready? Webinar on Friday, November 20th at 11 am Pacific Time or if you have questions please email me.

Dwight and I are looking forward to meeting you and exploring innovative ways to respond to the new waves of change awaiting us in 2021 and beyond that reflect the ways of Jesus.