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 …

The Graying U.S. Population

June 21, 2014 ...

With advances in health care and the dramatic decrease in smoking, people are living far longer than they used to. In addition, the massive baby boomer population (people born between 1946 and 1964) is moving through the age spectrum like a pig through a python — and the oldest boomers are already nearing 70. The …

The New Old

June 21, 2014 ...

If we want to be churches that are culturally relevant, we must begin to make this a priority. As I’ve traveled around the country and interacted with hundreds of church leaders, I’ve discovered several things that can be done to prepare for ministry with aging baby boomers. Do not ask baby boomers to fold into …

The Bible’s Retirement at 50

June 21, 2014 ...

But what about Moses who didn’t start his job as leader of Israel until he was 80 and kept working until he was 120? And then there was Abraham, claimed as the father of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, who became the father of Isaac when he was 100. God is infinitely old. Jesus …

How Christian Mission Can Contribute to Halting Poverty

December 21, 2013 ...

There are nearly 50 million impoverished people in the United States, according to the federal definition of poverty. Fifteen percent of the people in our country don’t have enough money for basic things like food, clothing and shelter. And this overwhelming number speaks only to physical poverty; it doesn’t address other — arguably more important …

The State of Evangelicalism

March 20, 2013 ...

But, there is decline — in self-identified Protestants, primarily in mainline churches. Many who once identified themselves as nominal mainline Protestants now identify as nothing. The nominals have become the nones. As such, we see that Christianity isn’t dying — cultural Christianity is. Actually, I see vibrant churches across the country (and so many more …

Little Consensus on How to Reduce Abortions

December 17, 2012 ...

Encouraging unmarried women to give the child up for adoption led the way with an average ranking of 3.06 on a ranking of 1 (most effective) to 7 (least effective). This reflects respondents’ perception of/belief about what would be most effective. Making adoption more affordable came in second place with an average ranking of 3.65. …

Facing an Unexpected Pregnancy

December 12, 2012 ...

When asked specifically whether they would consider abortion if faced with an unexpected pregnancy, the study,* which was commissioned by the National Association of Evangelicals, found that only 2 percent of evangelical Millennials would definitely consider abortion; the same proportion would probably consider it; 5 percent might consider abortion; 7 percent said probably not; and …

Evangelical Millennials Say Sex Outside Marriage is Wrong

December 3, 2012 ...

The report, “Sex and Unexpected Pregnancies: What Evangelical Millennials Think and Practice,”* found that a majority (55 percent) who were unmarried but have been sexually active in the past three months still believed that sex outside marriage is not morally acceptable, including 29 percent who felt strongly about this. Just 19 percent felt strongly that …