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

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 …

Democracy

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> …

Parenting

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, …

eCommerce

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 …

Theology

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 …

Taxes

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 …

Marriage

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 …

Cities

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, …

Millennials

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 …

Demographics
Racism

State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings

Many Americans are searching for beacons of hope and moral grounding amidst uncertainty and perceived moral decline. Barna conducted the annual State …

Apologetics

I’ve Seen The Future. It Looks Like Appalachia.

Life after the job apocalypse<p>It seems like everyday we hear the siren calls of a coming end of jobs. A new report out of the <b>PwC</b> says that 38% of all …

Poverty

Meet Those Who “Love Jesus but Not the Church”

We live in an increasingly secular American culture. In this new age, religion is in retreat from the public square, and traditional institutions …

Theology
Demographics

Flight from Urban Cores Accelerates: 2016 Census Metropolitan Area Estimates

The flight from the nation’s major metropolitan area core counties increased 60 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to just-released estimates …

Cities

Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore Lead Nation in Population Loss; Maricopa County Has Biggest Gain

Chicago, Ill. (Wikimedia Commons)<p>(CNSNews.com) - The counties containing Chicago, Detroit and the independent city of Baltimore were the biggest …

Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities - Bloomberg

Detroit was once known as a city where a working-class family could afford to own a home. Now it’s a city of renters.<p>Just 49 percent of Motor City …

Housing

Millennials Don't Consider Themselves Adults Until Age 30

Turns out, you might be a millennial and not even know it. Even if you’re approaching 40.<p>According to new research by CBS’ TV ratings guru David …

Millennials

The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

In 2015, when researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton discovered that death rates had been rising dramatically since 1999 among middle-aged white Americans, they weren't sure why people were dying younger, reversing decades of longer life expectancy.<p>Now the husband-and-wife economists say they have …

Statistics

Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America

Studies find rates of poverty have historically been higher in rural than urban areas<p><i>Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and</i> …

5 Infographics That Will Give You A New Perspective About Online & Mobile Giving

It is astonishing how many churches and nonprofits are still ignoring the trends that are happening NOW in front of everyone’s eyes, not just in “the …

Infographics

How Faith Influences Divorce Decisions

Jasmine was sitting on the couch in my office, leaning forward with her elbows resting on her knees, and talking through her hands, which were …

Led by Baby Boomers, divorce rates climb for America’s 50+ population

At a time when divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, so-called “gray divorce” is on the rise: Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the …

Statistics

The very young are trouncing every other generation on hours spent volunteering

Gone are the days when teenagers and young adults could be called lazy when it comes to contributing to society.<p>In the UK, new data reveal that 16-to-24-year-olds have outstripped every other age group in formal volunteering, rising from being the least active group in the sector to the most active …

Fractions within the Working Class

This has been a rough year. After the election, I reposted a few articles on my Facebook wall, as did so many of my friends, about the “working-class …

Equality

Married Parenthood Remains the Best Path to a Stable Family

My friend Grace (<i>not her real name</i>) is a beautiful, smart, and driven young woman, who overcame a difficult childhood to be one of the first women in …

Immigration projected to drive growth in U.S. working-age population through at least 2035

The increase in the potential labor force will slow markedly as Baby Boomers retire. Immigrants will play the primary role in future growth of the …

Demographics