Gallup has released a new poll, and the news isn’t good for churches. Membership is down.
Jeffery M. Jones, with Gallup, writes, “U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.”Read More
This time of year churches set up nativity scenes to remind us to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, that God the Son was born in human flesh to a woman named Mary in humble circumstances, yet with concurring signs and wonders: an angelic choir announcing the Messiah to shepherds in a field, a bright star above, magi from the East. Emmanuel, God with us, born in a manger, the lowly, awaited, exalted true king.Read More
Every Tuesday night I have the privilege of meeting with a small group of college students for Bible study. All three of the young men in the group are upperclassmen. They are wrapping up their studies, preparing their resumes, and thinking carefully about their next step in life.Read More
Your church wants to connect, serve, evangelize, and equip emerging generations. You know Millennials and members of Generation Z are increasingly disconnected from Christianity. Perhaps children who grew up in your congregation are now “de-churched.” Maybe you are concerned with reaching the “unchurched.” What do you call the people you are trying to reach?Read More
The Millennial generation is made up of over 75 million Americans and according to Brookings they are unlike any generation that has come before them. They are more diverse and more educated, but less likely to own a home and more likely to be in poverty. They marry later in life and are more likely to live in cities.Read More
The Barna Group partnered up with Seed Company to research current knowledge of “The Great Commission.” Have you heard of the Great Commission?
How’s the website?
Do you overwhelm visitors with stellar graphics, electric guitar, and lightning strikes?
Or is your current template labyrinthine and nearly impossible to navigate?
Gen Zers are choosing avenues of social connection that differ sharply from Millennials.Read More