6 months. 185 days. 4,440 hours. This is how long we have been in the “new normal” also known as 2020 since COVID hit. Speaking honestly, this has lasted way longer than I ever expected. At first, I was thinking a few weeks. That turned into a hope that 2020 would return to normal by summer. When August came and went I accepted the reality that the 2020 I’d hoped for was gone.

It has been difficult for everyone. There has been relational loss, job loss, and of course the loss of several precious lives. Loss has been a theme throughout 2020. Grieving has been how many of us have and are experiencing this year. Grieving the loss of loved ones, of jobs, and of what we had come to know as life. But 2020 is not all bad news…

Crisis, after all, is not just a disruptor, it’s an accelerator.

Carey Nieuwhof

In times of crisis, we are forced to adapt. Carving out things that were “less important” happens. Spending more time on what matters most begins. Leaders are the first to recognize and acclimate to the new climate they find themselves in. That is one thing Carey Nieuwhof is always challenging leaders on – adapting to the new realities. His article “The Original 2020 is History. 7 New Disruptive Church Trends Every Church Leader Should Watch” is another rendition of him beating that drum.

Admittedly, I don’t like change that much – especially when it is forced upon me. However, I know that to lead well (my family, my team, and other leaders) I must watch the changing trends and seek to adapt where necessary and where prudent. Nieuwhof outlines 7 of these trends, but #6 to me is vital and quite possibly the most important to note as a church leader. What one stands out to you and why? As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!