Doctoral Project Abstract
Stephen E. Brimmer
Many of today's church and faith-based organization leaders know they must be forward thinking to be effective. Futurecasting is a tool to sensitize church leaders to external and emerging issues before they are overwhelmed by them and to provoke innovative approaches to strategy through the application of foresight methodologies. Futurecasting is hosted on a website using the domain name Church Futures.
The Church Futures website is a resource to help churches and faith-based organizations anticipate, envision, and plan for the future. It offers a wide array of free tools and activities to inspire and guide leaders in making bold and creative visions. It also seeks to challenge assumptions that lead to status quo mindsets about approaches to Christian ministry. Church Futures champions the belief that our world needs the leadership of a visionary faith community and the faith community needs forward thinking leaders.
Church Futures features four primary elements:
• Future Church scenarios – four stories of distinctly different church styles written as letters from imaginary church leaders in 2020.
• Futurecasting workshops – three 3-day leadership workshops based on a strategic planning framework developed by the author and utilizing foresight tools and techniques.
• Inspirational discussion starters – provocative tools and articles about emerging issues to get conversations going and imaginations fired.
• Group activities – a host of foresight-based group activities with step-by-step guidelines for using them. These activities, along with the discussion starters, are the piecemeal elements of Futurecasting workshops.
Futurecasting principles, activities, and workshops are featured at: www.churchfutures.com