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

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 …

Faith

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 …

Equality

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

The Nation’s Older Population Is Still Growing, Census Bureau Reports

The nation’s population has a distinctly older age profile than it did 16 years ago, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates …

Demographics

Religion And Gambling: Studies Find The Wages Of Faith May Be Fewer Lost Wages

Jimmy Carter, the 86-year-old leader of The Blind Boys of Alabama, made one point clear from the start of a recent concert set in the middle of a Connecticut casino: If you are not here for music praising God, best leave now.<p>For the next 90 minutes, the renowned Gospel group sang, danced and …

Gambling

35 Years Of American Death

Mortality rates for leading causes of death in every U.S. county from 1980 to 2014.<p>Researchers have long argued that where we live can help predict …

The rise of multiracial and multiethnic babies in the U.S.

One-in-seven U.S. infants were multiracial or multiethnic in 2015, nearly triple the share in 1980.

Pew Research Center

Figuring Out the Millennial Christian Giver

Here's what an ECFA survey of 16,500 donors to 17 evangelical ministries learned about generosity. A tip for Christian ministries: Millennials will …

Nonprofits

What You Don’t Know About Rural America: 3 Common Misconceptions

The physical presence of a church and its spiritual impact are not the same thing. Many of us are busy. So much so that we rush from one thing to the …

Sociology

Why Aren’t American Teenagers Working Anymore? - Bloomberg

This summer American teenagers should find it a little easier to get a job—if they want one.<p>The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in May, …

Education

Who’s Powering the Housing Market? Surprise! It’s Millennials

Millennials are growing up, settling down and looking to buy a house — for the extra room and the investment opportunity.<p>Millennials were the largest group of home buyers (34 percent) for the fourth consecutive year, according to NAR’s 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. By …

Real Estate

Rents are deflating in the hottest cities while soaring in the cheapest ones

In the still ludicrously expensive rental market of San Francisco, the median asking rent for a one-bedroom apartment dropped 6.1% in May from a year ago to $3,370 and is down 8.2% from the peak in October 2015. For a two-bedroom, the median asking rent dropped 6.3% year-over-year to $4,500 and is …

Real Estate

Seattle Booms in Latest Census City-Level Estimates

Seattle tops the growth charts among the top 25 cities in the Census Bureau’s latest release of 2016 city and town population estimates.Seattle, a …

Cities

Is the Urban Renaissance Over?

The suburbs might be growing faster right now, but don’t be glum about the prospects for urban growth and revitalization.<p>Earlier this week, <i>The New York Times</i> published an op-ed from Jed Kolko—”Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls, The Myth of the Return to Cities”—offering up another iteration of his …

How We Got Here: Spiritual and Political Profiles of America

A recent national survey by Barna reveals how America’s five dominant faith segments think—and, importantly, how they differ in meaningful ways when …

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 …

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 …

TED Talks

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 …

Urban Design

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 …

Religion

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, …

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 …

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 …

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