The Disappearance of Young Pastors

Last week I saw a link to Kate Shellnutt's article, "Only 1 in 7 Pastors is Under 40" appear on my social feeds a few times before I clicked through to read it and to learn about the latest research on the topic. The research was conducted by the Barna Group and Pepperdine University. It included 14,000 pastors. Findings include: Average Age of Protestant Senior Pastors 2017: 54 1992: 44 Young Senior Pastors  2017: Only 1 in 7 is under age 40 Getting Personal This topic Read More …

Divorce & Cohabitation

New research released by the Council on Contemporary Families suggests that most people have misunderstood the role cohabitation plays in the divorce rate because they have been asking the wrong questions of the data.  Rather than comparing those who cohabit before marriage to those who do not, researchers should be considering whether or not cohabitation is actually a significant factor in the longevity of a marital relationship.  Initial findings suggest that "the age when couples start Read More …

Average Marrying Age

A Global Perspective Priceonomics recently created an image showing the average age of marriage across the world based on UN data.  When comparing the age of marriage across many countries, higher income is associated with later age at marriage.  The differences in average age for those nations near either extreme exceeds 10 years.  Regardless of geography or income, men marry later than women.  The gap, however, is wider in less developed countries. An American Update According to the Read More …

Who Are Americans?

In the Sunday paper, I encountered a half-page AP article written by Calvin Woodward and Christopher S. Rugaber that offers incredible insight into our changing nation.  Consider these facts: Closer Together: Cities and closely surrounding suburbs are growing faster than farther-off suburbs for the first time in over 20 years Less Mobile: Mobility (defined by the percentage of population that moved in the last year) is at lowest it has been since the Census Bureau started tracking it 60 Read More …

Age & Belief in God

A few days ago a Huffington Post article reported on a recent study "based on data collected as part of the General Social Survey by researchers at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago" that found older people are more religious.  The pattern of higher rates of belief in God among older respondents was consistent throughout the world (in the 30 countries considered by this research). So What? While some commonly held views about religion are not Read More …

Churches That Grow

Warren Bird, Research Director for Leadership Network and co-author of 24 books on various aspects of church health and innovation, recently blogged about factors that are correlated with church growth.  According to the FACT – for Faith Communities Today 2010 survey the following factors are Location (downtown or central city congregations are more likely to be growing than those in other locations) Age of the congregation (newer congregations are more likely to be growing than older Read More …

Review of Church Diversity

Meet the Author Scott Williams is a pastor, ministry consultant, social media guru, and champion of diversity.  Church Diversity: Sunday the Most Segregated Day of the Week is his first book.  Recently, Williams served as Campus Pastor of the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv, which grew to an average weekly worship attendance of over 3,500 during his tenure.  Prior to entering pastoral ministry, he gained professional experience in his work as a prison warden (serving as one of Read More …