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The Future According to Jesus

Dr. Jay Gary asks, What can a Galilean Jew still teach us about creating our future? This essay proposes that Jesus held a three-futures framework, explores this as a first-century generational narrative, and 3) offer reflections on how a post-conventional faith can approach the future. […]

The Future of Faith FAQ

by Dr Jay Gary

For 2,000 years faith has been built on constants, can it now be built on change?

Christian Futures Network Version 1.8 — 26 April 2013

Keywords: future of faith, research, creativity, change, forecasting, spirituality, creativity, millennialism, theology, culture, leadership, strategic foresight, development, emergent leaders, science and theology

1. What is […]

Take “Future-Proof” Online

by staff writer, Apr 1, 2007

In today’s hectic world, not everyone is able to attend live training sessions, but now the Future-Proof Your Ministry workshop can come to you, via our live web-cam format. All you need is an internet connection, a PC computer, a microphone, and the vision to take […]

Exploring Christian Futures

by Dr Jay Gary, Nov 4, 2002

Recently I took a journey up Pikes Peak, American’s mountain of inspiration. Situated where the western plains meet the Rocky Mountains, it was here that Kathryn Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful.” An Aussie friend had come to see Colorado Springs for the first time, and I was […]

Future-Proof Your Ministry–live with Dr. Jay Gary

by Dr. Jay Gary, May 15, 2006

Click here for a 6-minute preview of this workshop (Broadband plays immediately, 56k modems some delay)

Over the past twenty-five years I have served as a turn-around specialist to various communities, organizations, ministries and congregations. Now I have gleaned the lessons of transformative leadership I’ve used […]

Is Your Ministry Ready for the Future?

by Dr. Jay Gary, May 6, 2003

CHRISTIAN FUTURES Consultation Is Ministry Ready for the Future?” July 20-21, 2003 San Francisco Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center How can our ministries and faith communities develop leaders that have a fluency with a changing and complex future?

This day and a half consultation examined current theory and […]

Will the Future Shape Theological Education?

by David Funk, PhD, Oct 31, 2008

“Foresight is the ‘lead’ that the leader has,” wrote Robert K. Greenleaf in his seminal work, The Servant as Leader. “Once leaders lose this lead and events start to force their hand, they are leaders in name only” (1977/2002, p. 40). This statement captures the importance of foresight […]

Foresight: Ten Trends Affecting the Church

by Howard A. Snyder & Daniel V. Aunyon, Apr 15, 1987

Remember Megatrends (1982) and Megatrends 2000 (1990) by pop futurist John Naisbitt? Well Howard Synder, first known for his work on Radical Renewal: The Problem of Wineskins, (1975), wrote a noteworthy book on Christian futures back in 1986, entitled:

Foresight: 10 Major Trends that […]

The Ministry Futures Report

by Jay Gary, Jul 22, 2003

How can our ministries develop leaders that have fluency with a changing and complex future?

Thirteen Christian leaders gathered in San Francisco on July 20-21, 2003 to examine how to raise up leaders of vision, creativity and foresight, through both formal and informal training. The participants represented theological think-tanks, […]

Does Faith Have a Future?

by Dr Jay Gary, Feb. 28, 2003

No matter who you are, whatever your spiritual background, you have probably asked yourself, What is the future of faith? What role will religion and spirituality play in our world 25, 50, or 200 years from now?

I am a professional futurist. I earn my living by […]