In the News: Pew releases updated research on Muslims in the U.S.

Pew Research has released their newest report on Muslims in the United States, and it's worth a read if you are concerned about sharing the gospel and making new disciples among our Muslim-background communities in the United States. For the last 10 years, Pew Research has been running what appears to be a longitudinal study,…

In the News: “These are the groups most likely to stop participating in the US census”

The Brookings Institute recently ran an article titled, "These are the groups most likely to stop participating in the US census," in which they parse out some of the significant consequences of a recent ruling concerning the upcoming 2020 US census. The issue has been all over the news recently, but for those of us…

Interactive Tool: “Where have refugees settled in the U.S.?”

This is a few months old at this point, but I realized I had never made people aware of it through this site. Back in November, the Pew Research Center released a great tool concerning refugees in the United States. The tool is completely interactive and provides both a map animation and a workable table…

Your Church’s Vision is a Shot in the Dark if You Don’t Understand Three Things

"Church planter, you need a vision in order to successfully start your church." "Pastor, if you want your church to be healthy again, your church needs a fresh vision." You've heard those words. I've said those words. For the most part, they're true, but let's get one thing out in the open: your church's vision…

“Minority white” by 2045: What does this mean for U.S. church ministry?

In a little over 25 years, the majority face of America will be a different color. According to a research report by the Brookings Institute, the United States will be "minority white" by 2045, when America's white population will dip below 50 percent for the first time. White population numbers as a percentage of the…

Free Resource: Assess Your Church from Multiple Perspectives

The following is an excerpt from a free local church resource. The resource is a quick reference for carefully examining your local church in its missions context. You can download the resource at the end of the post. "The gospel never fits properly within a culture." That is a quote by Ed Stetzer from a…

Four Online Resources for Demographics on Your Community

Do you have any good websites I can visit for demographic data on my neighborhood? If I've been asked that question once, I've received it a dozen times. And for what it is worth, it's a good question. Nowadays, many pastors and church leaders understand (at least in a theoretical sense) the need for knowing…

Three Misunderstandings about the Church that Muddle the Mission

Growing up, I was at church almost every time the doors were open: Sunday morning, most Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and special events. Unless I was sick, my parents rarely let me miss church. For the most part, I actually wanted to be at church every time I was there. But, there were some Sundays…

In the News: The share of Americans who leave Islam is offset by those who become Muslim

I try to keep my eyes on new research concerning the foreign born population in the United States, and Pew Research dropped a new report this week that deserves some attention. This report is not expressly about foreign-born populations. Instead it deals with U.S. adherents to Islam. In other words, this research is about all…