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

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Health

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 …

Atheism

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 …

Africa

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 …

Millennials

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 …

Journalism

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 …

Equality

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 …

Relationships

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 …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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 …

Mental Health

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 …

Demographics

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 …

Millennials

How Many Churches Does America Have? More Than Expected

An estimated 30,000 congregations shut their doors in the United States from 2006 to 2012. Yet a recent study finds good news for churches …

Religion

Life in a fishbowl: Survey reveals pastors’ spouses experiences

Ninety percent of pastors’ spouses think ministry has had a positive effect on their family. Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research<p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. …

Faith

Survey spotlights American views on sin

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

Christians are part of the same dating pool as everyone else. That’s bad for the church.

There have always been forces that have pulled marriages apart. But it is the forces that push people together that are growing increasingly rare.<p>Social reinforcement of marriage from sources such as the workplace, the law, entertainment and the education system is fading rapidly or has collapsed …

Religion

The quiet comeback of the middle class

On this Labor Day, the American middle class survives. Indeed, it’s expanding. That’s not the conclusion of some arcane scholarly study. It’s the judgment of Americans themselves, though it hasn’t received much attention from politicians or the media. Most Americans have moved beyond the fears bred …

Equality

More Than 77 Million People Enrolled in U.S. Schools

Hispanic Student Enrollment Doubles in Last 20 Years<p><b>AUG. 28, 2017</b> — The number of people enrolled in America’s schools reached 77.2 million in 2016, …

American dads are getting older, new Stanford study says

American fathers keep getting older, raising the prospect of increased birth defects but also greater economic and emotional security for U.S. …

California Population Lags Behind Projections

Halfway through the new decade, California, widely seen as an irresistible force for the young and ambitious, is underperforming the state’s own …

California

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 …

California’s coming youth deficit

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