CNN reports that crude oil prices hit $99/barrel yesterday and are headed to $100/barrel and up. Gas is already past $3-a-gallon in much of the US. A gasoline transporter told me that people appear to be conserving more. So even at $3 a gallon the price is having an effect. What if gas goes to $4-a-gallon? I think then we’ll see a serious reordering of our lives and schedules. If you have not thought about how higher gas prices might affect your church, you need to. Some implications are —
- Fewer but longer gatherings to pack more content into one trip to church.
- Decentralized meetings in homes that draw folks from the neighborhood.
- Reimagining the weekly flow of church activities in both small and large churches.
- Re-evaluation of staff responsibilities if there are fewer “come to the church” meetings.
- Impact on budgets. Higher gas prices mean not only higher costs to fill your members’ tanks, but higher costs for all goods and services.
- Emerging churches might already be blazing a trail for others in their flow of activities.
Higher gas prices are coming. You might want to begin to shift gears now. Or at least think about it. Have a great Thanksgiving!