If churches want to stay relevant, they need to analyze the demographic makeup of their youth ministry to see if it resembles the diversity of their communities, says a Florida-based youth pastor.
Tom Bolling of Belvedere Baptist Church in West Palm Beach has over 30 years of experience working with youths in church and advises church leaders that they should reevaluate their vision in order to develop a multicultural young adult ministry.
"With the dramatic increase of immigration and the globalization of our society, ministering to a multicultural society is no longer an option. Many of our churches are sounding an alarm and seeking answers as to how to minister to communities of ethnic and economic diversity," Bolling said in a recent article in The Florida Baptist Witness. more >>
A growing number of Christians, especially among the younger generations, are in jeopardy of being swallowed up by today's cultural norms and secular thinking, only to become unaffiliated to any church or denomination, says the author of The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
"We are living in a decisively post-Christian culture and I think it's taking its toll on existing evangelicals and the church in a way that is creating more and more nominal Christians on the way to 'nones' who self-described themselves as evangelicals earlier," author and pastor James Emery White, of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a recent interview with Ed Stetzer, host of The Exchange.
The "nones" are described as the fastest-growing "religious group" of our day – one in five Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. During the interview, Stetzer quoted one survey that showed 3 in 10 college age students are "nones." more >>
A church in Iowa that lost its century-old building to flooding broke ground recently on a new $2 million facility.
Salem United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids, which lost the building in 2008, held a groundbreaking for its new building Sunday between worship services.
The $2 million project will include space for a sanctuary, classrooms, nursery, offices, and library, church officials said. From June 2008, to November 2010, Salem members worshiped at three sites before landing at the 33rd Avenue location. more >>
Americans exaggerate how often they go to Church in answers to surveys, a new study finds. Catholics and Mainline Protestants exaggerated more than Evangelical Protestants and black Protestants.
Since religious service attendance is considered positive behavior, Americans tend to overestimate how often they attend services when answering questions from a live interviewer. This is called a "social desirability bias."
When answering questions for an anonymous internet survey, the social desirability bias does not have the same effect. So, Public Religion Research Institute compared the results of phone surveys to those of internet surveys. more >>
Pastor Leonce Crump chose over three years ago to launch Renovation Church in Atlanta on the weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Why? Because the dream of racial equality and brotherhood King spoke about 50 years prior had yet to be fully realized, even in a city that was a bedrock of the civil rights movement.
The civil rights movement in Atlanta started long before King linked arms with other locals to march through town demand justice. Organized acts of resistance by African Americans against segregation, economic inequity, and racial violence in Atlanta go back to the late 19th century.
But it is King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech that reminds Americans every year that there is still work to be done in society, and even in our churches, when it comes to celebrating diversity and living in true brotherhood. more >>
Mercy Me, Phil Wickham and For King and Country will headline the Harvest America crusade at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Oct. 5, Pastor Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries announced Thursday.
"All three of these groups have been a part of Harvest events in the past, and understand the importance of their role to be used by God to prepare the hearts of those in attendance to hear the message of the Gospel," said pastor John Collins, executive director of Harvest America.
Harvest America in Dallas is planned as a national and even international outreach, utilizing satellite and live-streaming technology to simulcast the event to thousands of remote venues. more >>