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

Atlanta renters flocking to suburbs, outpacing urban growth, study says

Apartments may dominate residential development in the city, but suburban rentals are really booming<p>Atlanta is ceaselessly cited as being a posterchild for suburban sprawl, with single-family homes extending miles and miles in every direction from the heart of the city.<p>And with no natural …

Cities

Who Are the Lonely in America?

Science has shown that people who have close friendships are happier, more successful and even more physically and emotionally healthy. And in our …

Mapping Immigrant America

1 dot = 20 immigrants<p>Mexico<p>Latin America<p>East/SE Asia<p>South Asia<p>SW Asia/N. Africa<p>Europe<p>Sub-Saharan Africa<p>Canada<p>Oceania

Here's why it feels like you have no free time, in one chart

Ever wonder where all your free time goes? Adam Alter has an idea.<p>At the 2017 TED conference, the NYU psychologist presented a collection of three bar graphs showing data for how people in 2007, 2015, and 2017, spend an average workday.<p>Relying on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the app …

Time Management

The 25 Suburbs Where Millennials Are Moving

Thousands of millennials are moving to the suburbs of Riverside, Calif., San Antonio, Texas and Orlando, Fla. The burbs of those three metro areas …

Millennials

Though still conservative, young evangelicals are more liberal than their elders on some issues

Millennials are more likely than older adults to take liberal positions on social and political issues. This generation gap exists even among …

The New Suburban Crisis

Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared.<p>During the mid-1980s, before anyone thought of the suburbs as being on a downward trajectory, the urban designer David Lewis, …

Cities

The 25 Best Cities for Job Seekers Right Now

Some are great vacation spots, too.<p>The U.S. unemployment rate is at a near-record low -- but some cities have sunnier job prospects than …

Cities

Five Giving Trends in Today's Church

Much about church giving is changing. Worship attendance, conversions, and baptisms are often the most scrutinized metrics, but giving trends are …

Faith

These Are the Most Economically Segregated Cities in America

Eugene, Ore. is usually best known as the home of the University of Oregon and the birthplace of Nike. Now it can add another bona fide to that list: …

Cities

The fading American dream: Trends in absolute income mobility since 1940

We estimated rates of “absolute income mobility”—the fraction of children who earn more than their parents—by combining data from U.S. Census and …

Sociology

If it doesn’t stem its decline, mainline Protestantism has just 23 Easters left

Christians recently celebrated Easter, a Sunday where many churches are robust and full. But, if current trends continue, mainline Protestantism has about 23 Easters left.<p>The news of mainline Protestantism’s decline is hardly new. Yet the trend lines are showing a trajectory toward zero in both …

Atheism

Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. People separate their religion from their institutions and from parts of their lives.<p>Sociologists have a name for this idea. They call it the "secularization thesis." Now, …

Atheism

More education means less religious commitment — unless you’re Christian

(RNS) It’s a popular belief: The more educated a person is, the less religious he or she likely will be.<p>And it’s mostly right, according to a new …

Education

Flexible working is making us work longer

<i>“Freedom is slavery.” — George Orwell,</i> 1984<i>.</i><p>Imagine if you could work whenever and wherever you wanted. Would you work less and enjoy more time with family and friends? Or would you end up perpetually working, have work spill over into the rest of your life?<p>Many do not have to imagine what this …

The Workplace

There Will Be No Religious Left

A lot of people don’t want to hear it, but it’s true: in the future, you will either be a religious conservative, or secular. The religious left will …

Religion

Sorry Weber, Durkheim, and Marx: Educated Evangelicals Are More Religious

To the fathers of secularization theory, it was obvious. Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx theorized that the more advanced and educated a …

Atheism

To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old

In 1946, a 23-year-old Army veteran named John Goodenough headed to the University of Chicago with a dream of studying physics. When he arrived, a professor warned him that he was already too old to succeed in the field.<p>Recently, Dr. Goodenough recounted that story for me and then laughed …

Batteries

Don’t Bet On The Emergence Of A ‘Religious Left’

Progressives sifting through the wreckage of the 2016 campaign would not find much to be cheerful about. Many on the left saw the Obama era as one …

6 Tech Habits Changing the American Home

Parents today believe it is harder than ever to raise children. The number-one reason? <i>Technology</i>.<p>That’s a key finding at the heart of <i>The Tech-Wise</i> …

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

Willow Creek Continues to Rewrite the Playbook for Weekend Services

Two weeks ago Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs had an “Authors Weekend.” Teaching pastor Steve Carter interviewed Anne …

Old Testament

Share of married Americans is falling, but they still pay most of the nation’s income taxes

While the share of U.S. adults who are married has been falling steadily over the past 40 years, married people continue to earn most of the nation’s …

Reasons People Give for Divorce

What reasons do people give for divorcing? This is a different, simpler question than why marriages fail. In this post, I’m exploring the reasons …

Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities

What’s happening to New York City is a microcosm of what’s happening around the country—the hollowing out of the U.S. city.<p>It was an April 1st headline, but the statistics were no joke. "People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate," the <i>New York Post</i> announced. And indeed, they are—sort of.<p>For …

Why I am bullish on Christianity (yes, you read that correctly)

When atheists claim there is no evidence for Christianity, I disagree.<p>When liberal theologians assert there are many paths to heaven, I object.<p>When young people say God isn’t relevant in the 21st century, I beg to differ.<p>When analysts predict the decline of the evangelical church, I roll my …

Faith

Young Americans Are Killing Marriage - Bloomberg

There's no shortage of theories as to how and why today's young people differ from their parents.<p>As marketing consultants never cease to point out, …

The Changing Global Religious Landscape

More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the …

Population

If white America is in ‘crisis,’ what have black Americans been living through?

For the past year and a half, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have been ringing the alarm about rising mortality among middle-aged white Americans.<p>The pair have attracted a bit of controversy for pointing out these facts. Recently, Pacific Standard’s Malcolm Harris suggested that …

Equality