Immigration by the Numbers

I like to keep everyone that frequents this website as up-to-date as possible on research pertaining to immigration in the United States. In my estimation, the startling rise of immigration over the last several decades presents one of the most significant occasions for missions in North America. This past week, Pew Research released a very…

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…

“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…

In the news: Where immigrant growth matters most

Today, I want to draw your attention to another research article from the Brookings institute concerning migration in the United States. Notice I said migration, not immigration. Of course, this article deals with the latter, but there is more going on that foreign-born people moving into the US. Instead, this article compares two very important…

Whites living as minorities in the new American city

Census projections have opened a window into the America of 2050, "and it’s Houston today," said Stephen Klineberg, a sociology professor at Rice University. I pulled the above quote from the center of a Los Angeles Times article showcasing Houston as the most diverse city in America. The article begins at a high school soccer…

Immigration may beat a century-old record

As of 2015, the United States had set one record in immigration, and it may be on pace to break another one. According to the most recent data from Pew research, the United States is now home to over 43.2 million international immigrants. That is more than any other time in the country's history. It…

The Church was Saved by Refugees

Had it not been for refugees, the Christian faith would have died in Jerusalem. At least, that is the argument made by Andrew Walls in his classic work, Missionary Movement in Christian History. Walls makes some excellent observations about the unique nature of Christianity, and one of those is its inherent translatability across cultural lines. Unlike…

One resource your church may be overlooking

Tips, tools, books, and conferences are the craze in church circles these days. You are, in fact, reading a resource website right now. My work here is no exception. Today, though, I want to step away from simple content creation and make a suggestion. There is a resource right in front of your church, one…

In the News: Global Fluency

They are calling it global fluency. In a recent article from Brad McDearmon of the Brookings Institute, he discusses the city of Columbus, OH and their recent training by the Global Fluency Institute. The purpose of this training is to help cities become more "culturally competent and globally fluent, allowing them to successfully interact with…

In the News: In Houston’s Katy suburb, a Venezuelan population thrives

They call it "Katy-zuela." According to a recent article by Sebastian Herrera in the Houston Chronicle, half of the 11,000 Venezuelan homes in the Houston area are in Katy, a western suburb. Now there are several points of importance in that one statistic. First, let us start with the simple fact that the Chronicle finds…