All my life I’ve heard preachers talk about a coming worldwide revival.
But it’s never happened.
There have been pockets of excitement, from the Jesus Movement of the 1970s, to the church growth movement of the 1980s. The 1990s brought local spiritual outbreaks in places like Toronto and Florida, along with controversy over their genuineness and effectiveness. And the new millennium brought The Renewal from England and Australia.
But most of the people who have any awareness of those episodes are like me – professional clergy.
The average person has no idea any of those movements happened. Aside from the rise of the megachurch and new casualness in our music and dress, most people haven’t seen any change in the way we do church.
Because of that, I never thought I’d be the one to say this.
I feel a stirring going on.
Hold that idea. We’ll come back to it.
Yes, No, Maybe So
Is the era of the megachurch over? Yes. And no. I hope so. But I hope not.