Largest & Fastest Growing Churches

Outreach Magazine's new special issue focused on the largest and fastest growing churches in America is packed with information.  While I always look at the lists of the 100 fastest growing and the 100 largest congregations (based on worship attendance), this year I was struck by the classification of the congregations making both lists.  More specifically, both lists are dominated by churches characterized as nondenominational or interdenominational.  They comprise 47 of the 100 largest Read More …

The Church in 2020 – Major Changes Ahead

I have spent a considerable amount of time studying the landscape of American Christianity since the 1950s.  Any time I make a presentation on the topic, people always ask about the future.  In order to more fully answer those questions I devised a list of changes I believe to be most likely.  The original list was created in 2006, before I entered the blogosphere. When I revised the list and turned it into a "top ten" in 2009, I published it on my blog.  In light of significant changes in Read More …

Toward a Religiously Literate City

Bill Tammeus, a Kansas City area author and religious blogger, recently shared a list of ideas to help increase religious literacy.  He submitted these suggestions to the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council in response to their desire to engage in a sustained effort that would last a year or longer.  Tammeus' list included: Offer tours of sacred structures all over town — churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, etc. Put on a film festival featuring movies with religious themes. Maybe Read More …