I predict that within 5 years many chain retail stores will be closed.
And within 10 years most malls will have closed.
Brick and mortar retail just can’t compete.
This will have a profound effect on society as we interact in person much less.
There is also serious economic consequences as the concentration of wealth continues to consolidate to a handful of mega companies such as Amazon.
The church must take note of this trend away from physically interactive shopping to the domination of the online retail experience.
Church at its sociological core is the same as retail. Each relies on personal interactions based around friendliness and trust. As folks move from retail, could we see a flow on to physical church attendance?
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, church attendance has edged down in recent years. Gallup’s latest yearly update from its daily tracking survey shows that in 2017, 38% of adults said they attended religious services weekly or almost every week. When Gallup began asking this question in 2008, that figure was 42%.
The trend appears to be continuing south.
I am not suggesting the reason for this 4% drop was online shopping, but I do wonder if the move away from physically interactive shopping might have a flow on to church attendance, thus accelerating the downward trend?
As an early adopter and advocate for the church adopting an online strategy and getting involved in cyberspace, I am convinced we the church must do websites, video streaming and social media exceptionally well. To ignore it or under perform is to miss out on an extraordinary interactive platform.
We must prioritize online communication channels otherwise quite possibly risk losing touch and tumbling into a church that is a small club filled with reminiscing members clinging onto the past.