The Rural Mindset

October 17, 2017 ...

Still, for most purposes, the intuitive concept of rural is sufficient, and the statistical nuances of a definition can be left to the statisticians. At the simplest level, two characteristics seem to be of primary relevance. First, a rural place is small, often with a population that can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands. …

Context and Connection

May 31, 2017 ...

Like members of a family or parts of the body, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials each contributes something unique and valuable. Similarly, each member needs to be understood for its individual identity, while also being appreciated for what it contributes to the whole. Of course, not everyone fits exactly into the mold of their …

Religious Trends in America

May 24, 2017 ...

In this one-hour webinar, Greg Smith, associate director of research at Pew Research Center, addressed broad trends within American religions, including growth of the Nones, religious switching, birth rates among different religions, and more — all with a particular focus on how evangelicalism is doing in the United States. The webinar costs $25 for non-members. …

The United States of Minorities

June 27, 2016 ...

By 2044 there will be no majority race in America. In 28 years whites are estimated to make up 49.7 percent of the population, Hispanics 25 percent, blacks 12.7 percent, Asians 3.7 percent and another 3.7 percent will be multiracial. The all-minorities make-up of the future has already arrived in 266 U.S. counties that are …

The Inside Out Donut

March 10, 2016 ...

Leith Anderson Where were America’s megachurches in 1950? They were called “tall steeple churches,” and most of them were downtown. From Boston to Los Angeles, the congregations with the most people, money, fame and influence were in and around the center city where people lived and worked. Then came the post-war boom. Actually there were …

Who are Evangelicals & Where are They Headed?

January 15, 2016 ...

https://media.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/p/content.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/TodaysConversation-e5-011516-Stetzer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:13 — 29.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS Everyone wants to know what evangelicals think — particularly in the election season. But who are researchers talking about when they refer to evangelicals? In Today’s Conversation with Leith Anderson, Ed Stetzer talks about the challenges and opportunities …

NAE, LifeWay Research Publish Evangelical Beliefs Research Definition

November 19, 2015 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) initiated the development of an evangelical beliefs research definition for accurate and consistent use among researchers more than two years ago. In partnership with LifeWay Research, the definition was crafted, reviewed and tested for validity. “Evangelicals have been misunderstood and categorized incorrectly so often, and much of that is …

When Americans Become Christians

August 13, 2015 ...

Evangelicals believe that salvation is made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. Each person is invited to accept God’s forgiveness, which is freely offered to all who believe. The majority of the respondents (63 percent) accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord while they were …

Q&A with Dan Busby

June 21, 2014 ...

Q What kind of budget adjustments should churches make if they project a growing population of older members? A Make adjustments to the budget as giving levels change. A recent ECFA survey reflected that leading churches budget conservatively. Leading churches (those that had the characteristics of large, growing churches) set their budgets about 10 percent …

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