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

A study finding a huge increase in alcoholism may have been seriously flawed

According to several researchers, the survey data behind the study is seriously faulty.<p>Last week, multiple media outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and, yes, Vox, reported on a study in <i>JAMA Psychiatry</i> that had an alarming finding: The rate of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) in the …

Research

Rural Upbringing Increases Odds that Young People Will Marry

<b>The same “neighborhood effects” that appear to increase the future earnings of poor, rural children also result in higher marriage rates.</b><p>Children who …

Equality

California’s coming youth deficit

Images of California, particularly the southern coast, are embedded with those associated with youthfulness — surfers, actors, models, glamorous …

California

One in eight American adults is an alcoholic, study says

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month finds that the rate of alcohol use disorder, or what's colloquially known as “alcoholism,” rose by a shocking 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. One in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic …

Research

The Changing Face of Adoption in the United States

The racial and ethnic composition of the adopted child population in the U.S. has changed dramatically in less than a generation. This IFS research …

U.S. Department of Education

America’s Drinking Problem Is Much Worse This Century

Americans are drinking more than they used to, a troubling trend with potentially dire implications for the country’s future health-care costs.<p>The …

Addiction

Here’s how wealthier Americans spend their free time compared to those who earn less

The size of your Friday paycheck can have a big effect on how you spend your weekend.<p>According to the American Time Use Survey produced by the Bureau …

Malcolm Gladwell

Pastors and Parishioners Differ on Generosity

The motivations for generosity are manifold and often complex. What drives this deeply spiritual act differs from one person to the next, …

Philanthropy

We can now design humans — but should we?

Scientists in Portland, Oregon, just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University is reported to “have broken new ground both in the number of embryos …

Genetics

This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends

Not with a pop, but a hiss<p>For the past few decades, the unstoppable increase in college tuition has been a fact of life, like death and taxes. The sticker price of American college increased nearly 400 percent in the last 30 years, while median household income growth was relatively flat. Student …

Higher Education

Getting married? Chances are it won’t be in a church

When Monique Pope was engaged, she had no doubt that the wedding ceremony would be in her Catholic parish.<p>“It was a beautiful ceremony,” said Pope, …

National study: Building houses in Atlanta is easy. But Brookhaven? Not so much

Analysis finds that Brookhaven’s 30319 zip code is the toughest place for building new housing in the region<p>Like much of the Southeast, metro Atlanta is an exceptionally easy place for building new housing. Relatively speaking.<p>But that doesn’t apply to all neighborhoods, where zoning restrictions, …

Housing

Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Just a few miles from where President Trump will address his blue-collar base here Tuesday night, exactly the kind of middle-class factory jobs he has vowed to bring back from overseas are going begging.<p>It’s not that local workers lack the skills for these positions, many of …

Economy

Good Deeds Done by Christians Often Go Unseen

<i>By Bob Smietana</i><p>NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Jesus warned his followers to keep their good deeds secret, warning them not to seek attention when doing the right …

Why the millennial stereotype is wrong

They’re lazy, bored and are constantly job-hopping – or so the stereotypes would have you believe. Jess Holland takes another look at the myths of Gen Y.<p>Type “millennials are” into a Google search bar, and you’ll find that “lazy” comes up as one of the top three autocompletes.<p>The common perception …

Millennials

In metro Atlanta, poverty is increasing fastest in suburbs, Harvard study finds

Dubious capital of sprawl is hardly immune to “suburbanization of poverty,” research shows<p>Much to the chagrin of chamber-of-commerce types across metro Atlanta, the Big Peach has endured a significant bruise in recent years with its fact-based reputation as being a place where the poor are …

Cities

Do churches have a positive impact on America?

Six in 10 Americans (59 percent) say churches and religious organizations have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, but …

Atheism

The Decline of Marriage Is Hitting Vegas Hard

Roland August has officiated at thousands of weddings in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed capital of “I do.”<p>But these days August—who often presides …

Las Vegas

Black homeowners struggle as US housing market recovers

SAN FRANCISCO — Yul Dorn and his wife raised their son and daughter in a two-story home crammed with family photos, one they bought in a historically …

Real Estate

Faith and Marriage: Better Together?

<i>Editor’s Note: This essay was</i> <i>first published</i> <i>in</i> Principles<i>, a publication of Christendom College. It is reprinted here with permission.</i><p>Over the next …

The Changing Formation of the Modern American Family

The dynamics of what constitutes the American family is rapidly changing. According to a 2014 PEW study, less than half—46 percent, to be exact—of …

Parenting

Mark Zuckerberg, the Church of Facebook can never be. Here’s why

A good church is so much more than just a social network. And, crucially, it tells us that we are not at the centre of the world<p>You can see why Mark Zuckerberg might be getting a God complex. Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users. In crude terms, this makes it bigger than every religion bar …

Facebook

The U.S. Birth Rate Hit Another New Low, and Fewer Teens Are Having Babies

The U.S. birth rate fell again in 2016, marking a new all-time low, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The …

Population

US birth rates have fallen to the lowest point ever, but in one age group they’re rising

Americans are having fewer babies.<p>The fertility rate, or number of babies born per thousand women, declined in 2016 from the previous year to 62 births—the lowest since records began, according to provisional data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Specifically, <i>young</i> …

Population

Jesus Take the Reins

The first thing you should know about Bryn Thiessen is that he’s the type of person your hip barber is trying to be.Thiessen wears a wool vest and …

Calgary Stampede

Millennials Start Displaying Inclination To Give

Millennials are still a ways away from contributing to the nonprofit sector to the same extent as Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. If signifiers of …

Millennials

Are Millennials Following the ‘Success Sequence’?

Some trends are good, others quite disturbing.<p>The “success sequence” — the idea that the ticket out of poverty is to graduate high school, work …

A Census Time Machine: Sioux Falls Is the Past, Staten Island the Present, Las Vegas the Future

A look at which counties today resemble what America will look like in decades ahead, and which ones most resemble the nation’s ethnic composition as it once was.

Here's How Many Millionaires There Are on Earth Right Now

Population is growing, as is their share of wealth.<p>Thanks largely to the continued increase in stock prices, the world continues to mint more …

Wealth