(Thom S.Rainer) In a previous post, I shared trends one to eight. Today, I conclude with trends nine to 16. Here is the introduction I wrote to the earlier post: I have been writing on trends in churches for two decades. I certainly don’t have a perfect record with my predictions, but my overall record is pretty good.

My methodology is simple. I observe emerging issues in some churches and extrapolate them into major trends. This year, I take this approach with a higher level of confidence than previous years. I have seen most of the following issues grow month by month in 2015, so I don’t have to be the brightest person in the world to project them as major trends in 2016. FULL REPORT