The Coming Collapse in Evangelicalism

Imonk has some provocative posts about the imminent collapse of of evangelicalism.  You can read his thoughts here at post 1, post 2 and post 3.

He makes some interesting predictions about an influx of evangelicals in to Catholic and Orthodox churches.  The eventual demise of the emerging church (although he is positive about house churches so he probably meant more progressive side/Emergent).  He believes the seminary system will collapse, some denominations will disappear and evangelicalism will be reduced to about 50% of what it was before.

My initial take on his predictions?  I think he is an American writing from his perspective.  He is writing about American evangelicalism as if it was all there was to evangelicalism.

The truth is evangelicalism in places like Canada and Australia are already well ahead of the Americans on this journey.  American evangelicals outnumber their Canadian cousins by a ratio of more than 2:1 and for the Aussies that number is even higher.  Not a lot of denominations have disappeared but some bible colleges have.  One might think we might be a little more alarmed by our situation but we are comfortably insulated in our little silos.  We are so completely enamoured with ourselves, our worries and our problems.  We are ruled by the tyranny of the urgent and unimportant.

I think evangelicalism is in decline in Canada as well.  I think in many ways it is a leadership problem.  We have very few people who ensure the church is doing what it is called to do: make disciples.  We run a lot of programs and ministries that are supposed to make disciples, but we don’t make very many and we don’t seem to care.

  1. #1 by Bene D on February 1, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    This almost seems like a tired discussion to some of us.
    Some sacred cows have to die.

    Sustainability. Knowing Jesus, making disiples, caring for your community.

    I appreciate IMonk’s take because it is so ‘inside.’
    I got a kick out his take on Anglicanism, that is a denomination on the edges of his world.

  2. #2 by Rob Kroeker on February 14, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    I would be curious to see what Reginald Bibby’s latest stats would say on this subject. I think Evangelicalism is more consolidating (big evangelical churches getting bigger – with some rebellion in the house church idea), and as a result the grassroots aspect of it might be dying. There might not be as many flavours as their used to be. Maybe we’re in a recession and we need a large influx of government money?

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