When compared with the American church of 2012, the future church (v.2020) will be more connected and less geographically dependent. The increased abilities of technology along with increased utilization within the church will facilitate many changes, including:
- Most congregations will move from being identified primarily by a physical presence (e.g., church campus that includes one or more buildings) to a hybrid presence that blends the existing physical presence with a virtual presence. Regardless of size, churches will evolve to include virtual aspects that complement those that were historically found exclusively on the church campus (or in other spaces where people gathered physically). While smaller parishes may do most things either on campus or online, larger congregations will do this for certain opportunities while making many worship services and discipleship/followership activities available simultaneously to those on and off campus (allowing both groups to interact with one another).