Background Data for Mission
The Background Data for Mission newsletter helps United Methodist leaders sort through the new and integrate it with the old. It explores the latest in technology, demographic trends, and contemporary approaches to worship, church education, and evangelism.
Sometimes organizations which are past their prime in their life cycle can be refreshed by getting in touch with their roots.
The recently released studies stemming from the Call to Action included a research project by Towers Watson on vital congregations.
Last month this newsletter observed that the population can be divided into various levels of connection to church. A study done in Great Britain observed a full 66 percent are out of touch with church.
Businesses often have a much better understanding of their mission than churches, even if their motives are not so good.
The New Testament church experienced rapid multiplication. In looking for a more recent example of rapid multiplication, the Chinese church comes to mind.
As one looks over the year-to-year changes, there is a lot of red ink. Hopefully, rather than causing discouragement, this will serve to instill new resolve in fulfilling God's mission through The United Methodist Church.
Phyllis Tickle shrewdly notes that every 500 years or so, big changes take place in Christianity. Time is ripe for a big change.
Futurists are not stargazers but credentialed individuals who use sound disciplines and analyses to assess the future.
As the media kicks into the “year in review” routine, they have even more to work with this year, as the 00’s in our yearly dates move in to the next decade of this century.
United Methodists are amongst the most meticulous (methodical?) of denominations when it comes to keeping official records of congregational statistics.
Many experienced congregational developers who are starting new churches, or working to bring new life and vitality to existing churches, may be sensing that this work does not come as easily as it used to.
Today, many are wondering whither the economy is going. While there is some optimism, as evidenced by rallies in the markets, there is still much pessimism.