The #PRISM22 Initiative aims to project (backwards in time) the present of ministry, through the lenses of the future.
So, let’s start by settling into the future a little bit, getting a sense of what it is broadly like:
- Diversity – “Asian Americans are projected to be the nation’s largest immigrant group by the middle of the century.” (Pew)
- Climate Change – “[According to a collective report of all 18 US intelligence agencies, looking at climate change through 2040] Countries will argue over how to respond and the effects will be felt most in poorer countries, which are least able to adapt.” (BBC)
- Metaverse – “Our conclusion is that by 2025 […] the metaverse could be worth at least $82 billion, a little less than what Facebook made last year from advertising alone.” (The Information)
Before we go any further, we have to first presume that most of just these three major social realities will come to some form of fruition in the next several decades. This presumption, obviously, comes with the caveat that nothing can and/or will derail their present momentum.
If that is accepted, then we can see how Christian ministry is (now in 2021, and going into 2022) heading towards further marginalization and de-relevance.
The Church has largely made little progress in the areas of diversity, climate change, and things even remotely close to the metaverse.