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Immigrants May Be Best Way to Fill Churches' Empty Pews
Immigrants May Be Best Way to Fill Churches' Empty Pews

By: David Swartz
With the number of U.S. evangelicals declining, anti-immigration evangelicals may want to rethink their stance. Reaching out to immigrants, two-thirds of whom are Christian, can help their churches survive.

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4 Reasons New Ministry Model is Picking Up Steam
4 Reasons New Ministry Model is Picking Up Steam

By: Ircel Harrison
Denominations have spent significant energy in differentiating between clergy and laity. However, as resources and membership decline, an emerging model of ministry will challenge our ideas about ministerial vocation.

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Why Your Church Needs a Purple Cow Ministry
Why Your Church Needs a Purple Cow Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Much of what churches do today often receives little notice because they've offered the same programs at the same times in the same ways as other churches. To help your church stand out, you need a purple cow.

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Sermon Stealing: It's More Common Than You Think
Sermon Stealing: It's More Common Than You Think

By: Tony Cartledge
Although many preachers prepare their own sermons, plagiarism has long been a common preacherly practice. Pastors and congregations must work together to ensure quality time for sermon preparation.

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5 Steps to Transform Your Church into Disciple Developers
5 Steps to Transform Your Church into Disciple Developers

By: Mark Tidsworth
A central purpose of Christian churches is to develop people into disciple of Jesus, but our programs and events often aren't effective at achieving this goal. Here is a 5-step process to transform your church.

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U.S. Majority Don't Use Internet to Access Religious Content
U.S. Majority Don't Use Internet to Access Religious Content

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority of U.S. adults don't use the Internet to access spiritual or religious content, even though most believe the Internet exposes them to new perspectives, a Baylor University survey found.

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Your Words Are Powerful; Use Them to Build Up
Your Words Are Powerful; Use Them to Build Up

By: Matt Sapp
Because words have a unique power, you should use them wisely. Use them to affirm, support, encourage and love. Use them generously in your relationships and with your emotions.

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White U.S. Christians Continue Decline; Unaffiliated is Up
White U.S. Christians Continue Decline; Unaffiliated is Up

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The percent of white Christians has dropped from 81 percent of the U.S. population to 43 percent in 40 years, while the religiously unaffiliated has grown from 7 percent to 24 percent over the same period.

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5 Things to Consider Before You Quit Your Church
5 Things to Consider Before You Quit Your Church

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many reasons and motives exist for changing churches, but frequently we should stay. If you're on the verge of walking away from your church for good, here are 5 things to consider before you close that door.

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Your Church's Senior Adult Ministry Is About to Change
Your Church's Senior Adult Ministry Is About to Change

By: Dennis Bickers
In the next decade, churches will have to change their senior adult ministries to reflect the realities of the way that aging baby boomers look at themselves and their interests.

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Women Ministers - Called By God, Gifted by God
Women Ministers - Called By God, Gifted by God

By: Roger Olson
Having women ministers is not evidence of a "liberal trend." Many conservative churches have accepted women in leadership roles. Christians who reject women ministers are usually quite inconsistent in practice.

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5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together
5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together

By: Christina Embree
Many churches want to find ways to incorporate more times for families to stay together in worship, but these congregations don't know where to start. Here are 5 ways your church can make it happen.

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Church Staffing Will Require Creative Solutions
Church Staffing Will Require Creative Solutions

By: Ircel Harrison
Many churches no longer have the resources to staff full-time ministerial positions so many congregations are finding creative ways to address the church staffing issue. How can seminaries help?

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Rural Churches Serving on Cutting Edge of Ministry
Rural Churches Serving on Cutting Edge of Ministry

By: Jonathan Davis
Rural ministry has the potential to be as exciting and relevant as any urban or suburban church. If you're serving in a rural church, you may be on the cutting edge of ministry.

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Why's Your Church Program Breaking Down? Science!
Why's Your Church Program Breaking Down? Science!

By: Joel Snider
Like an aging house in need of repair, even the best church programs break down and need retooling to restore their effectiveness. Why? Your high school physics class has the answer.

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Bridging the Great Divide in Evangelical Churches
Bridging the Great Divide in Evangelical Churches

By: Matthew Tuininga
A growing divide in evangelical churches is a dismaying trend. Some focus on the responsibility to proclaim the gospel; others emphasize advocating for social justice. But the two can and should work together.

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Why That Sure-Fire Church Program Misses Your Target
Why That Sure-Fire Church Program Misses Your Target

By: Charles Revis
Your church needs a boost. That sure-fire program the successful megachurch is selling seems like just what you need. Here's why it's not going to work for you.

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What's in a Name? Baptist Expansion in Global South
What's in a Name? Baptist Expansion in Global South

By: Philip Jenkins
Unlike virtually all Christian churches and denominations, Baptists are not witnessing a fundamental shift of numbers to the global south. Instead, they remain heavily concentrated in North America. But why?

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Why Justice and Love Don't Require Inclusion and Diversity
Why Justice and Love Don't Require Inclusion and Diversity

By: Roger Olson
Some people believe justice and love require unqualified inclusion and diversity. However, when inclusion and diversity become unqualified mantras, we open the door to a host of problems.

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Churches' Feeding, Clothing Ministries Are Most Visible
Churches' Feeding, Clothing Ministries Are Most Visible

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Feeding the hungry and clothing the poor are among the most visible local church ministries in the U.S., LifeWay Research says. At least half of all surveyed U.S. adults said they knew those ministries were taking place.

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Protestants Affiliating with Particular Denominations Drops
Protestants Affiliating with Particular Denominations Drops

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. Protestants who self-identify with a particular denomination has declined steadily over the past 16 years, according to a Gallup analysis, dropping from 50 percent in 2000 to 30 percent today.

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4 Suggestions to Minister in the Meantime and Mean Time
4 Suggestions to Minister in the Meantime and Mean Time

By: Guy Sayles
Ministry happens in the meantime, the season of troubling transitions, and the mean time, when public debate has coarsened. Here are 4 ways you can navigate these difficult intervals.

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When Churches Forget What it Means to be Sent
When Churches Forget What it Means to be Sent

By: Joell Haugan
When churches shift the focus from others to themselves, they begin seeking answers to the wrong questions. Their concern shifts to the building's size, total people in the pews and total dollars in the offering plate.

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Taking the Temperature of Churches' Bivocational Interest
Taking the Temperature of Churches' Bivocational Interest

By: Craig Janney
While bivocational ministry can benefit churches and ministers in unique ways, most churches and pastors prefer full-time staff positions when it comes to seeking out new leadership.

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6 Ways You Can Make Your Church Irrelevant
6 Ways You Can Make Your Church Irrelevant

By: Mark Tidsworth
Rather than being invigorated faith communities, some churches thrive on hesitation, fear and irrelevance. If that's your church, here are 6 ways you can stay stuck in irrelevancy.

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5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry
5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Bivocational ministry is a calling from God just the same as the call to fully funded ministry. For churches making the transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational one, here are 5 challenges to keep in mind.

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The Joys and Chaos of Sharing Bivocational Ministry
The Joys and Chaos of Sharing Bivocational Ministry

By: Angela Jackson
In a household with two bivocational ministers, working bivocationally has granted us tremendous creative, intellectual and relational freedom to pursue ministry interests and passions outside the local church.

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Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers
Meeting the Needs of Emerging Bivocational Ministers

By: Ira Antoine
As membership continues to decline in small and medium-size churches, bivocational ministers will be needed more than ever. How will our denominations meet the needs of these ministers?

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Barna: Southern U.S. Cities Remain Most 'Bible-Minded'
Barna: Southern U.S. Cities Remain Most 'Bible-Minded'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The most "Bible-minded" U.S. cities continue to be located in the south, a Barna Group report found. Four of the five least Bible-minded cities were in the northeast and remained unchanged from 2016.

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When Churches Scapegoat: Ugly, Expensive, Unchristian
When Churches Scapegoat: Ugly, Expensive, Unchristian

By: Bill Wilson
Dwindling attendance. Lower offerings. When the bottom line starts to slide, too many churches resort to a practice rooted in the Old Testament. It's called scapegoating.

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6 Ways You Can Reduce Pastoral Vulnerability
6 Ways You Can Reduce Pastoral Vulnerability

By: Mark Tidsworth
Given our larger cultural context of incivility and low regard for leadership in general, it's not surprising that pastors are more vulnerable than ever before. Here are 6 ways to reduce it.

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Which Comes First? Church, Mission or Discipleship
Which Comes First? Church, Mission or Discipleship

By: Stuart Blythe
In some circles, debate swirls around which is most important - church, mission or discipleship. However, the three belong in an integrated relationship where none can really claim the priority.

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5 Considerations to Help Your Church Reach Baby Boomers
5 Considerations to Help Your Church Reach Baby Boomers

By: Tony Brooks
While many churches are throwing most of their resources into reaching young families, one of the largest generations, the baby boomers, is often overlooked. Here's how to turn that around.

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Southern Baptists: Total Churches Up, Other Areas Down
Southern Baptists: Total Churches Up, Other Areas Down

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While the number of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention grew by 1.02 percent, many other categories (such as total giving, baptisms, worship attendance and total membership) declined.

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Smooth Sailing? Learning to Navigate Church Diversity
Smooth Sailing? Learning to Navigate Church Diversity

By: Barry Howard
Churches are more diverse than ever in many different ways. Whether or not that diversity has a positive or negative effect hinges on how ministers and ministry leaders navigate it.

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Slim U.S. Majority Says Religion Can Address Societal Woes
Slim U.S. Majority Says Religion Can Address Societal Woes

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Despite an overall downward trend since the survey's inception, a slim majority (55 percent) of U.S. adults still believe "religion can answer some or all of society's problems."

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A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God
A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God

By: Kelly Moreland Jones
Even though God is described in ways as other than male in the Bible, you rarely hear texts preached or prayers addressed to anyone other than a male God. Is that a problem or an opportunity?

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U.S. Adults Affirming Creationist View at All-Time Low
U.S. Adults Affirming Creationist View at All-Time Low

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The percentage of U.S. adults affirming creationism declined 8 points in 2017 to an all-time low of 38 percent, Gallup says. It's the first time since 1982 that creationism wasn't the most common response.

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Only 24 Percent Affirm Bible as Literal Word of God
Only 24 Percent Affirm Bible as Literal Word of God

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Only 24 percent of U.S. adults affirm the Bible as the literal Word of God, an all-time low. The percentage affirming the Bible as the inspired Word of God has remained steady at 47 percent.

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3 Reasons You Didn't Read This News on EthicsDaily.com
3 Reasons You Didn't Read This News on EthicsDaily.com

By: Zach Dawes
A recent Barna report claimed 17 percent of practicing Christians hold a biblical worldview, but EthicsDaily.com passed on reporting that news. Here's how we review such news to ensure its reliability.

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Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers
Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers

By: Jay Lynn
Bivocational ministry is often seen as an ideal solution for struggling churches, but there's another side to this coin. While it may free churches from financial burdens, it presents emotional challenges for ministers.

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7 Pitfalls When Leading Your Church to Change
7 Pitfalls When Leading Your Church to Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
When leaders are ready to lead their congregations to make deep changes, they often underestimate the work that's involved. Leaders often launch change too soon. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid.

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Is Your Church Building Authentic Community for Women?
Is Your Church Building Authentic Community for Women?

By: Carra Greer
Many Baptist churches fall short when it comes to addressing issues that affect women. Here are 6 ideas to help your church open its doors to women who need support, understanding and community.

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How Christians Overcome 500 Years of Misunderstanding
How Christians Overcome 500 Years of Misunderstanding

By: Ron Rolheiser
Most Christians have an emotional uneasiness with Christians from other denominations, unable to see them as one of their own. After centuries of bitter misunderstanding, it's hard to focus on all we have in common.

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More Education Equals Less Religious Engagement, Save for Christianity
More Education Equals Less Religious Engagement, Save for Christianity

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christianity is an exception to the rule that religious engagement of U.S. adults declines as education level increases, an analysis finds.

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Why People Trust Strangers Over Your Church - Part 1
Why People Trust Strangers Over Your Church - Part 1

By: Renee Embree
How trust flows through our society is changing dramatically. We no longer trust institutions, like churches, but we're willing to place greater trust in strangers, thanks to social media and app technology.

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Survey: Most U.S. Adults Own a Bible; Few Read It
Survey: Most U.S. Adults Own a Bible; Few Read It

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Even though 87 percent of U.S. adults have at least one copy in their homes, few read it regularly, a LifeWay Research survey said. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they had read little to none of the Bible.

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The Secret to Church Growth Isn't Really Secret
The Secret to Church Growth Isn't Really Secret

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
When it comes to church growth, Jesus is no magician. He builds his church through Christians who share their faith joyfully with others. But leaders have a key role to play in church growth.

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4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches
4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Pre-Easter churches are marked by discouragement, loss and despair while post-Easter churches are marked by confidence and hope. Is your church living on the right side of Easter?

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Adults Who Love Jesus But Not Church Mostly White, Women
Adults Who Love Jesus But Not Church Mostly White, Women

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. adults who say they "love Jesus but not the church" represent a growing percentage of the population, the Barna Group says. Nearly two-thirds are female and white.

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Churches Handle Change by Learning to Take Risks
Churches Handle Change by Learning to Take Risks

By: Jerrod Hugenot
All churches have to deal with change. If they don't, they're left on the sidelines. How they learn to thrive, to become more resilient to challenges, will be a matter of learning how to risk and live to tell about it.

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5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry
5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry

By: Renee Embree
Are smartphones a distraction in your youth group or ministry? These five suggestions can help you appropriately and creatively incorporate them into your ministry.

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How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust
How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.

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3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle
3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle

By: Jonathan Davis
Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.

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Men Hold Most Clergy Roles; Women Other Religious Positions
Men Hold Most Clergy Roles; Women Other Religious Positions

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Less than a quarter of U.S. clergy positions were held by women in 2016, but they filled more than half of religious activities and education director positions and nearly two-thirds of all other religious worker roles.

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Average Age of U.S. Protestant Pastors Trending Upward
Average Age of U.S. Protestant Pastors Trending Upward

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The average age of U.S. pastors is trending upward, moving from 44 years old in 1992 to 54 in 2017, says a new study released by Barna Group and Pepperdine University.

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12 Trends That Shaped U.S. Religion Since the '70s
12 Trends That Shaped U.S. Religion Since the '70s

By: Philip Jenkins
Our society has gone through remarkable transformations in the last 40 years. Here are 12 of the most significant changes and megatrends that have influenced U.S. religion since the mid-1970s.

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Increased Bible Reading a Consistent New Year's Resolution
Increased Bible Reading a Consistent New Year's Resolution

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The percentage of U.S. adults who would like to read their Bible more has been consistent for the last five years - moving from 60 percent (2012) to 62 percent (2014) to 61 percent (2016), the Barna Group says.

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While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing
While Size of Crowds Notable, They Prove Nothing

By: Reggie Warren
Comparing crowd sizes became a surprising focal point following President Trump's inauguration. But what do they mean? Christians in the 21st century should know that the size of crowds mean little.

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Does Your Church Need a Recombobulation Area?
Does Your Church Need a Recombobulation Area?

By: Bill Wilson
Going through airport security can leave people discombobulated. Similarly, many congregations are discombobulated by the challenges of being a 21st century church. We need a recombobulation area.

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What It Means When You Live in Post-Truth Culture
What It Means When You Live in Post-Truth Culture

By: Roger Olson
You live in a post-truth culture. Many Americans, including quite a few Christians, don't care about "objective facts" as much as they care about feelings when it comes to forming their beliefs.

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How Christianity Lost Its Voice in a Media-Driven World
How Christianity Lost Its Voice in a Media-Driven World

By: Phil Cooke
The Christian faith has made an indelible mark on our society - at least until recently. Today that voice is in decline. But the church isn't losing its voice; it's giving it away.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage Test Article
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By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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Does Your Church Turn Off First-Time Visitors?
Does Your Church Turn Off First-Time Visitors?

By: Colin Sedgwick
Many of our church services include practices that may seem foreign to first-time visitors. Ask yourself these questions. How would the average person see your church? Are you erecting unnecessary barriers?

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Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?
Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?

By: Bill Wilson
Where are our next pastoral leaders going to come from? They'll come from your church, but only if your church takes seriously their role in creating a healthy culture of call.

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Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel
Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel

By: Dennis Bickers
If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.

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Questioning Reports of Declining Church Attendance
Questioning Reports of Declining Church Attendance

By: Roger Olson
Various reports have bemoaned the dramatic decrease in church attendance across the nation. However, here are three facts that these reports might not be taking into consideration.

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Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders
Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders

By: Matt Sapp
The poll is in, and it's not good. Only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are confident their religious leaders act in the best interest of the public. Only two alternatives explain this poll.

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Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right
Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right

By: Robert Parham
A Pentagon video warns that mega-cities will break down into urban chaos by 2030. If the video's accurate, how will churches engage such a society?

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2

By: Mark Tidsworth
Every church is engaging in the adaptive process, given the large-scale changes happening all around us. Some are intentional, some haphazard. Here are 7 types of churches positioned for adaptive change.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1

By: Mark Tidsworth
While some churches want to cling onto their cherished practices or the way they've always done things, healthy churches learn to adapt. Here are 9 indicators your church faces roadblocks to change.

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You Don't Realize How Weird Church Is
You Don't Realize How Weird Church Is

By: Nick Lear
Most adults in churches have grown so used to what we do that we don't realize how weird church is for the vast majority of people, even more so for children and young people. And many of them leave when they're adults.

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State of the Church: Nones Increase, Christian Affiliation Remains Strong
State of the Church: Nones Increase, Christian Affiliation Remains Strong

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While 73 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians, religiously unaffiliated people now represent 20 percent of the U.S. population.

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Teens Volunteer Regularly in Church Projects, Poverty Initiatives
Teens Volunteer Regularly in Church Projects, Poverty Initiatives

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority of U.S. teens involved in a local church youth ministry volunteer their time at least several times a year. Local church ministries were the most prevalent form of volunteering chosen by teens.

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7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches
7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?

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Majority of U.S. Teens See Bible Reading as Important
Majority of U.S. Teens See Bible Reading as Important

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority of U.S. teens hold the Bible in high regard, read it with some regularity and seek to find guidance for daily living in its pages, says research conducted by Barna Group.

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Most 'Nones' Leave Religion Due to Lack of Belief
Most 'Nones' Leave Religion Due to Lack of Belief

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly four out of five religious 'nones,' or people who are unaffiliated with an organized religion, grew up in religious homes. And almost half of them left religion due to a lack of belief, a new poll says.

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Pew: Sermon Quality Tops List for Church Shoppers
Pew: Sermon Quality Tops List for Church Shoppers

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The quality of sermons was a factor in choosing a local church for 83 percent of U.S. adults, a survey revealed. Other leading influences were feeling welcomed by clergy and lay leadership and the style of worship service.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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Few Churches Mirror Percentage of Younger Adults in U.S.
Few Churches Mirror Percentage of Younger Adults in U.S.

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Younger adults comprise nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population, but that portion of young people is found in only one in 10 local churches, according to a Faith Communities Today analysis.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches
7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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Does Your Church Need to Recalibrate Themselves?
Does Your Church Need to Recalibrate Themselves?

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Many churches are trapped in a time-warp, unable to relate to the culture around. They may make small changes, but they're impenetrable to the outside world. It's time to recalibrate.

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Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership
Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership

By: Dennis Bickers
Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.

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Even as Congregations End, the Church Continues
Even as Congregations End, the Church Continues

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Every church will one day come to an end of their ministry. While it's hard for local congregations to accept that their ministries are concluding, the universal church will continue.

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Religious Attendance Gender Gap Narrows
Religious Attendance Gender Gap Narrows

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. women have, for decades, been more likely to attend religious services each week than men. That gap, however, has narrowed in recent years, with only a 6 percent difference.

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Following an Alternate Script to Successful Life
Following an Alternate Script to Successful Life

By: Molly T. Marshall
Many people of faith follow the same life script as people without faith: get into the best school, get the highest paying job and so on. Perhaps it's time for church to offer an alternate script for success.

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Church Planters Growing But Face Significant Financial Challenges
Church Planters Growing But Face Significant Financial Challenges

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While U.S. church plants, particularly in urban areas, have increased significantly in the last 20 years, nearly a third (32 percent) of church planters report financial challenges, a Barna study says.

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Counting the Spiritual Reach of Your Church
Counting the Spiritual Reach of Your Church

By: David Hull
Faithful members are attending Sunday school and worship services less frequently even as churches reach out to encourage spiritual growth in other ways. How do you count all those connections?

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Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?
Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?

By: Jim Kelsey
People with no interest in religious faith aren't bad or rejecters of God. They simply do not fully appreciate what lies dormant within them. We can wake up their hearts.

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3 Ways That Politics May Affect Your Church
3 Ways That Politics May Affect Your Church

By: Mark Tidsworth
With a presidential campaign that's more raucous and polarizing than we've seen in some time, churches have a chance to show how Christian unity transcends politics. Not all of them will succeed.

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Effective Pastoral Leadership Isn't What It Used To Be
Effective Pastoral Leadership Isn't What It Used To Be

By: Mark Tidsworth
How can pastors know if they're effective leaders? The answer may depend on the culture of their churches. Are they stable and content or adaptable and fluid? One needs a statesman, the other a movement leader.

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Is Your Church Different Than a Wal-Mart Greeter?
Is Your Church Different Than a Wal-Mart Greeter?

By: Terry Austin
Most churches are genuinely glad that you visited and will be happy if you choose to return. So what? You get the same treatment when you go out to eat or shop. The real question: Is your church caring?

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6 Practical Steps to Increase Your Church's Giving
6 Practical Steps to Increase Your Church's Giving

By: Charles Revis
Many churches struggle with finances. One pastor shared six steps his church took to improve financial support from members. The result: Giving is up significantly, and their emergency fund quadrupled.

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5 Ways Your Church Can Reach Special-Needs Families
5 Ways Your Church Can Reach Special-Needs Families

By: Mary Buckner
Most of us like to think our church is a welcoming one. However, families with disabilities or other special needs are the largest unchurched people group in the U.S. How is your church reaching them?

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Closing and Reopening Sanctuaries
Closing and Reopening Sanctuaries

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Mary Center: Sightings)
The closing of churches is not merely a rural phenomenon. Urban churches also are subject to constant change, abandonment and destruction. And it's a trend that occurs across many denominations.

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Report: Few U.S. Congregations Thrive, While Most Survive in 2015
Report: Few U.S. Congregations Thrive, While Most Survive in 2015

By: EthicsDaily Staff
For the first time in the FACT survey's history, a majority of congregations have fewer than 100 in worship gatherings. And many growing churches exhibit four unique qualities.

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Strong U.S. Majority Still Self-Identify as Christian
Strong U.S. Majority Still Self-Identify as Christian

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Even as self-identifying Christians have gradually declined over time from more than 95 percent in the 1950s, U.S. citizens self-identifying as Christian still remained high in 2015 at 75.2 percent of the population.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors
Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors

By: Dennis Bickers
If the need for bivocational ministers in our denominations will increase over the next several years, we must seek ways to identify and train those persons who have been called to such ministry.

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5 Qualities of the Next Generation of Ministry Leaders
5 Qualities of the Next Generation of Ministry Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
The church is going through a time of adjustment due to cultural, economic, social and demographic changes. Here are five qualities of the next generation of leaders who will meet those challenges.

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5 Signs of Invigorated, Engaged Pastors
5 Signs of Invigorated, Engaged Pastors

By: Mark Tidsworth
Exceptional pastoral leaders are not few and far between. Everyone can be or become an effective pastoral leader. Here are five characteristics of invigorated and engaged clergy.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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The State of Clergy: Learned Helplessness
The State of Clergy: Learned Helplessness

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many clergy experience periods of learned helplessness, entrenched in their belief that nothing will change. How do you make sure it's only one stop on your vocational journey?

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No Easy Answer for Ministers Paying Off Debt
No Easy Answer for Ministers Paying Off Debt

By: Dennis Bickers
Many ministers start their ministry burdened by student debt while earning barely enough to make minimum payments on that debt. The difficult answer is to pay off that debt as soon as possible.

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The Reason Your Pastor May Be Afraid
The Reason Your Pastor May Be Afraid

By: Mark Tidsworth
Churches today are in transition. When transition leads to negative changes, we look to leaders for answers and often blame them for the change. No wonder pastors are fearful.

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U.S. Religious Participation Stable among Religiously Affiliated, Sees Overall Decline Due to
U.S. Religious Participation Stable among Religiously Affiliated, Sees Overall Decline Due to "Nones"

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A new survey finds great "stability in the U.S. religious landscape," even as overall religious participation declined. Find out why.

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6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul
6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul

By: Dennis Bickers
Increasingly, many people leave the ministry before retirement. The average seminary grad exits within five years of graduating. These six practices will help you remain in ministry.

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Building Your Church's Community Via Social Media
Building Your Church's Community Via Social Media

By: Joe Kendrick
Social media's influence is changing our understanding of community and redefining the church's neighborhood. It can help your church connect with people seeking specific ministries, events and resources.

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The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?
The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?

By: Bill Wilson
Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.

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3 Reasons People Over 60 Leave Your Church
3 Reasons People Over 60 Leave Your Church

By: Joe LaGuardia
Many churches are throwing out all the stops to reach young adults. In a church market flooded with young adult-friendly options, the older generation is being left behind.

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Why the Future Looks Bright for Smaller Churches
Why the Future Looks Bright for Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
What does the future look like for smaller churches? While medium-size churches and mega-churches will face challenges, smaller churches have a brighter outlook. Here's why.

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Horizontal and Vertical Churches: Where's the Balance?
Horizontal and Vertical Churches: Where's the Balance?

By: Roger Olson
Some churches relate to God horizontally through fellowship and healthy relationships; other relate to God vertically through worship and spiritual practices. They key is to find the balance.

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Innovative Ways to Train New Ministers for Service
Innovative Ways to Train New Ministers for Service

By: Ircel Harrison
God still calls women and men to ministry, and churches need leaders. The traditional forms of providing theological education must change to meet the realities of individual lifestyles without sacrificing quality.

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4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance
4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance

By: Angela Jackson
Can you be a bivocational minister and have a balanced life? Here are four ways one minister is able to manage her bivocational ministry with her other work and her family life.

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Why Few Christians Know What It Means to be One
Why Few Christians Know What It Means to be One

By: Robert Guffey
Far too many Christians think far too little about what it means to be a Christian. Their priorities focus on power, consumerism and celebrity, rather than Jesus' way of humility, kindness and grace.

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Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?
Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?

By: Jesse Wheeler
The world's total number of Muslims and Christians is expected to be nearly equal by 2050, a report says. The obvious conclusion: Both groups must learn to get along for the sake of global concord.

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4 Vital Details About Christianity's Steady Decline
4 Vital Details About Christianity's Steady Decline

By: Joe LaGuardia
The percentage of folks reporting no faith rose to more than 22 percent in the last seven years, but the percentage affiliating with Christianity has steadily decreased. The verdict: All Christians have a choice to make.

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6 Observations About the Disappearing Church
6 Observations About the Disappearing Church

By: Terry Austin
The church's clout is waning. The number of young adults leaving the church is much worse than we previously thought, a survey found. Here are six observations about that trend.

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Where Will Your Church Be When 2030 Arrives?
Where Will Your Church Be When 2030 Arrives?

By: Jerrod Hugenot
How has your church changed during the last 15 years, and where will your church be 15 years from now in 2030? That 15-year span may seem like an eternity, but churches must look forward and prepare to adapt.

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How to Turn Around the Incredible Shrinking Church
How to Turn Around the Incredible Shrinking Church
By: Frank Broome
To turn around the decline in church membership, we need to start new congregations that worship and minister in new ways or to change our existing ways of worship and ministry.
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These Stats Shine Light on Local Church Health
These Stats Shine Light on Local Church Health
By: Bill Wilson
While the sobering statistics and gloomy projections about the health of the local church have clergy and lay leaders wringing their hands, don't neglect these hopeful trends.
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When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
By: Greg Mamula
Christian churches across North America have served a great purpose for the past 50 to 75 years. That world's been unraveling over the past few decades. God is knitting something new. Will we be ready?
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Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions.
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Church Trends: Trends after the Trends in Faith Formation
Church Trends: Trends after the Trends in Faith Formation
By: Karen Massey
Churches like to ride the latest trend, thinking it will make them bigger, better and more relevant. But it's the trend emerging after the trend that should be on your radar. Here are five examples.
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Church Trends: Using Social Media to Create, Sustain Community
Church Trends: Using Social Media to Create, Sustain Community
By: Robin Sandbothe
Connecting with multiple layers of constituents and their networks through social media is an important trend that is essential to an organization's success. Here's how one seminary does it.
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Church Trends: Technology and Christian Education
Church Trends: Technology and Christian Education
By: Steve Sumerel
Technology's rapid changes affect every area of our lives, including how churches achieve their educational goals, from finding material through internet searches to using YouTube videos.
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Church Trends: Hispanic Baptists
Church Trends: Hispanic Baptists
By: Javier Elizondo
How are churches reaching minority populations, such as Hispanics? It's one thing to say you welcome Hispanics in your church; it's another thing to show it by hiring a Hispanic in your ministry team.
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Church Trends: Missional Engagement
Church Trends: Missional Engagement
By: Matt Snowden
Local congregations are taking a more direct role in missionary sending. Large cooperative groups must learn to reprioritize global missions to recapture the hearts of emerging generations.
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Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
By: Lee B. Spitzer
Like waves in the ocean, five trends are impacting the ministry of American Baptist churches in New Jersey. Whether positive or negative, they all have possibilities.
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