5 Ways Your Church Can Discern Future Trends

The people of Issachar “had understanding of the times” (1 Chronicles 12:32) and were able to instruct Israel what to do.  Wouldn’t it be a blessing to have such a gift – to be able to understand exactly what is going on in our time and discern the...

6 Dramatic Trends Your Church May Be Ignoring

Despite the adoption of coffee bars, PowerPoint presentations and full-stage lighting, churches are seldom on the cutting edge when it comes to addressing demographic trends. Here are six dramatic trends that are not being addressed adequately by local churches,...

Six Trends Suggest Churches’ Influence Waning

In his new book, “American Religion: Contemporary Trends,” Professor Mark Chaves of Duke University identifies six new trends affecting U.S. congregations, including small churches. In the chapter titled simply “Congregations,” Chaves examines...