Leadership Network Deep Trends

By Dave Travis | The story behind the story - A look at the deep trends that impact Leadership Network and the churches. Featuring Demography, Marriage, Mobility, Family, Charitable Giving, Regulations, Generations, Retail Trends, Land use, Migration, Immigration, Conferences and Networks and more

State of U.S. rental market: Rich get more options, poor suffer affordability crisis

Harvard’s annual examination of the rental market finds stark inequalities, and they’re getting worse.<p>While the American Dream may be homeownership, more and more, the current American reality is renting. More than 43 million U.S. residents rent, according to the Census Bureau, growing at a rate …

Housing

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother's womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery.<p>The parents nod …

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Evangelicals and Domestic Violence: Are Christian Men More Abusive?

As a sociologist who studies family and marriage trends, I predict that in the coming years, we’ll see a growing wave of mainstream media and …

Religion

The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline

Most theories for the great crime decline that swept across nearly every major American city over the last 25 years have focused on the would-be criminals.<p>Their lives changed in many ways starting in the 1990s: Strict new policing tactics kept closer watch on them. Mass incarceration locked them up …

Medicine

One in Four Adults Spends Holidays with Neighbors

The seats around a Thanksgiving table are often filled by family members, but many Americans will choose to celebrate with their friends this week, …

Atheism

If the U.S. had 100 people: Charting Americans’ religious beliefs and practices

See a profile of American religious beliefs and practices if the country were made up of exactly 100 adults.

Atheism

Many minority students go to schools where at least half of their peers are their race or ethnicity

Large shares of black and Hispanic public school students in the U.S. attend schools where their own race or ethnicity accounts for at least half of …

Education

How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Rippled Across America

Drug deaths have surged in nearly every U.S. county.

Strong link found between worship attendance and religious giving

(RNS) — Though fewer Americans are affiliating with religious institutions, charitable giving to them has remained at about a third of all giving.

Atheism

Is $100,000 middle class in America?

There’s a prolonged pause when I ask Lyft driver Gaby Osegueda <b></b>if her family is middle class. Her smile fades as she thinks about it for a while.<p>“Yeah, I think so. I don’t even know what the middle class is anymore,” says Osegueda, who with her husband earns nearly $100,000 a year in the San …

Equality

Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between

The U.S. retirement age is rising, as the government pushes it higher and workers stay in careers longer.<p>But lifespans aren’t necessarily extending …

Retirement

America's drug problem, by state

We mapped out which drugs cause the most problems in each state, according to the number of sentences given out for each drug-related crime. The U.S. …

Nearly 4 in 10 US adults are now obese, CDC says — Health — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

College Professors Aren’t Killing Religion

But college degrees certainly aren’t helping.<p>In a speech last week at an Alabama university, Donald Trump Jr. alternately mocked and ridiculed the …

Africa’s “reverse missionaries” are bringing Christianity back to the United Kingdom

York, United Kingdom<p>Fourteen years ago, Reuben Ekeme Inwe’s wife, Roselyn, had a dream. In it Inwe is preaching to a large crowd—not unusual given the young pastor had been delivering sermons in Lagos for years—but this time the faces in the audience aren’t black but white. A material like white …

Faith

Catching Some Z's - Facts & Trends

<b>How Can the Church Reach the Most Connected and Distracted Generation Ever?</b><p><i>By Mark Moring</i><p>So, you’re a youth pastor, and you’re talking to your teens …

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Christian faith communities are often on the front lines of mental health care

Churches have a huge responsibility to people living with mental health issues. Are they living up to it?<p>Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Austin had no idea how to explain what was going on inside his brain. In his evangelical church, he said, everything was “black and white.” If he …

Mental Health

Individual rights & sexuality aired at NOBTS forum

Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.<br>The original …

First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society - MIT Technology Review

Not so long ago, nobody met a partner online. Then, in the 1990s, came the first dating websites.<p>Match.com went live in 1995. A new wave of dating …

Study: Anti-Christian Bias Hasn’t Grown. It’s Just Gotten Richer.

New research nuances the American church’s “persecution complex.” While conservative Christians have long complained about worsening societal …

Religion

Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America

On a Friday in April, Bob Tharp, the mayor of Decatur, Ark., takes me to see what used to be the commercial heart of his town. There isn’t much to …

Amazon.com Inc

Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.<br>The original …

The new reality of old age in America

Old Age

1 in 3 Protestant Churchgoers Personally Affected by Suicide

Survey also finds one-third of victims were attending church before their death, but few pastors knew of their struggle. Suicide remains a taboo …

Religion

One-in-Four Millennials in their 30s Are Unmoored from the Institution of Family

Throughout history, marriage and parenthood have been defining milestones of adulthood. But for today’s millennial generation, these social …

Millennials

The large parts of America left behind by today's economy

Economic prosperity is concentrated in America's elite zip codes, but economic stability outside of those communities is rapidly deteriorating.<p>Data: …

Equality

Carpooling Is Totally Coming Back This Time, We Swear

New Census numbers suggest shared rides are on the rise in major U.S. cities.<p>In so many ways, the 1970s are making a comeback. Wide-leg jeans! Off-shoulder tops! Profound levels of distrust in government!<p>Here’s a tentative addition to that list: carpooling. New Census data released on Thursday …

Cities

As Millennials Get Older, Many Are Buying SUVs To Drive To Their Suburban Homes

Just a few years ago, many car dealers and homebuilders were worried that millennials would forever want to be urban hipsters, uninterested in buying cars or homes.<p>But now, as millennials get older — and richer — more of them are buying SUVs to drive to their suburban homes.<p>The National Association …