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

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 …

Demographics

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> …

Poverty

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 …

Marketing

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 …

Marriage

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 …

Demographics

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 …

Human Geography

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 …

Marriage

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

For most of the past half-century, adults in the U.S. Baby Boom generation – those born after World War II and before 1965 – have been the main …

Demographics

Would Jesus be a gentrifier? How Christianity is embracing urban renewal

To a new breed of churches, dilapidated neighbourhoods are the fallen world – and salvation lies not just in prayer but in pop-ups, vintage shops and bakeries<p>In the 1990s, the Bristol neighbourhood of Stokes Croft was a hub of unchecked creativity. The vast Victorian façades, many of which had been …

Cities

Damaged by the church? This pastor has a congregation full of ‘recovering Christians.’

BOSTON — For two years, Terrell Hunt was a Christian without a church.<p>At the church in the Washington area where he had grown up, Hunt worried that the leaders lectured about good behavior but didn’t act as they preached. He heard members talking badly about one another. One day, a member preaching …

Faith

Jesus Appearing To Muslim Refugees In Their Dreams, Leading Them To Embrace Him Despite Great Risks

These Muslims knew they risked being shunned and even killed if they turn their backs on Islam and embrace Jesus Christ instead.

Refugees

American Carnage | Christopher Caldwell

“We should all be dead,” said Jonathan Goyer one bright morning in January as he looked across a room filled with dozens of his coworkers and …

Addiction

Marriage Unravels With Barely a Whimper of Protest

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and same-sex marriage became the law of the land. Various …

Marriage

What is Zillow? - Zillow

SEATTLE, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost half of millennial homeowners live in the suburbs, and the majority stay in the same city when they buy …

Real Estate

Americans have lost faith in institutions. That’s not because of Trump or ‘fake news.’

The easiest sell of President Trump’s life is that a “corrupt” media produces “fake news.” After all, fewer than 2 in 10 Americans have “a lot” of trust in news organizations, the Pew Research Center has found, and we live in a “Matrix”-infused “conspiracy culture,” according to social scientists, …

Fake News

A Community of Grace for the Sexually Broken

Sexual identity and behavior often dominate our cultural conversation. It’s also a subject that leaves many Christians wondering how to respond. A …

Christianity

Should Couples in Unhappy Marriages Stay Together? | Family Studies

Almost exactly 22 years ago, I got home from work to find a letter lying on my bed. It was addressed to ‘Harry’ in my wife Kate’s handwriting.<p>I had …

Marriage

For millennials ready to buy a home, the pickings are slim

For years, millennials looked at owning a home as a distant fantasy. Student debt and a weak job market seemed to conspire to keep this generation stuck in their parents’ basements, if not permanently locked out of the housing market.<p>But as millennials find better-paying jobs, start families and …

Real Estate

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it's raising intriguing questions about the future of the world's largest religion.<p>When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had …

Theology

The 2016 Census of Canada: All About the Prairies

Statistics Canada has just announced population counts from the 2016 census and the narrative is all about the Prairie Provinces. Alberta, …

Canada

The most important correlation in all of social science

Number of sexual partners and duration of first marriage. Read more...

With $15 Left in the Bank, a Baby Boomer Makes Peace With Less

Kathleen Wolf never dreamed of spending her retirement in Iowa.<p>The 68-year-old Californian had a change of heart after filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Ms. Wolf was a millionaire whose fortune, built on buying and selling homes, collapsed in the financial crisis. Her bank balance fell to $15.<p>Ms. …

Retirement

10 Major Church Trends You Need to Know About

For those who read my articles regularly, you know I do a “trends post” every year. This next statement sounds totally immodest, but I’m pretty good …

Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals

Evangelicals are the only religious group in the United States that has not developed a better reputation over the past few years. And Americans have …

Religion