• Millennials Increasingly Unaffiliated

    Millennials Increasingly Unaffiliated

    In a new Pew Research summary, Millennials are noted for the highest percentage ever recorded of people reporting to be unaffiliated with any religious institution.  The unaffiliated percentage has grown significantly in the last seven years for every generational cohort except the Silent Generation. What opportunities for the church exist in this trend?  It nails the […]Read More »
  • 26 Conversation Starters

    26 Conversation Starters

    If you could change one thing about this community, what would it be? What was your favorite childhood toy? If you had to live in another country, which one would you choose? If you could only eat one food, and nothing else, for three days in a row, what would it be? What three words […]Read More »
  • Beyond Backpacks: How to Become the Body of Christ in Your Neighborhood

    Beyond Backpacks: How to Become the Body of Christ in Your Neighborhood

    Webinar by Steve James:  Churches across the country are following after Jesus, “The word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”  Learn some of the beautiful ways that God’s Holy Spirit is leading people from filling backpacks and writing checks to becoming the hands and feet of Jesus alongside children and their families in the neighborhood. […]Read More »
  • Reaching the Generation Born after 1995

    Reaching the Generation Born after 1995

    You can download the notes from the event here: Reaching the Generation Born after 1995 Please share your feedback for the Hangout by completing a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HLJHF3QRead More »
  • Homeland Generation: Happy, Hopeful and Energized

    Homeland Generation: Happy, Hopeful and Energized

    When describing themselves in surveys, members of the Homeland Generation – born from ~1995 through ~2015 – most commonly describe themselves as hopeful and happy.  They also see themselves as “pleased” and “energized,” which makes them poised to take on the opportunities and challenges that are before us as a nation and a people. This […]Read More »
  • Homeland Generation

    Homeland Generation

    An interesting white paper on the newest generation – Plurals or Homeland Generation. http://ow.ly/pEpGMRead More »
  • Note to Self

    Note to Self

    Leading architect, Frank Gehry offers a beautiful letter to his younger self that is worth a look.  He offers lovely warnings and advice that anyone would be blessed to receive.  Read More »
  • Reaching Younger Adults

    Reaching Younger Adults

    How to Make Younger Disciples and Build a Stronger Church Younger people are finding their way: To a new area, a new living space, new relationships, a new career, and other new chapters. One thing younger people are NOT doing is finding their way to church. But if they do find their way to a church, […]Read More »
  • Hardening of the Opportunities

    Hardening of the Opportunities

    I’m increasingly convinced that one consistent phenomenon has had a huge impact in the loss of emerging generations to the church.  I call that phenomenon “hardening of the opportunities.” When we studied the growth of new churches in our conference over the last 50 years, for the first three years they typically grew at a […]Read More »