Episode 607: The Great Sort

In Episode 607 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss what can pastors expect as COVID restrictions end and more people return to church.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What the great sort is and how it will affect churches and church plants
  • How church response to cultural issues is affecting the sort

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “People right now, in the U.S. in particular, are sorting themselves into groups where they align ideologically and politically, not so much theologically any more.” – @edstetzer
  • “People are sorting themselves into churches that align with their concern about how racial injustice is addressed.” – @edstetzer
  • “Thirty percent of people coming into a new church were coming because they left their prior church for how they handled the pandemic.” – @edstetzer
  • “Churches are saying they are having a revival, but really they are just re-sorting.” – @edstetzer
  • “People who have had the word of God faithfully taught to them for 20 years at one church are leaving over how the church handled masks.” – @edstetzer
  • “Do not build your church on people who are dissatisfied.” – @edstetzer

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Published July 1, 2021