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Background Data for Mission

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.

 

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Background Data for Mission, September 2010, Volume 22, No. 9
Sometimes organizations which are past their prime in their life cycle can be refreshed by getting in touch with their roots.
 
Background Data for Mission, July 2010, Volume 22, No. 7
The recently released studies stemming from the Call to Action included a research project by Towers Watson on vital congregations.
 
Background Data for Mission, June 2010, Volume 22, No. 6
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.
 
Background Data for Mission, May 2010, Volume 22, No. 5
Businesses often have a much better understanding of their mission than churches, even if their motives are not so good.
 
Background Data for Mission, April 2010, Volume 22, No. 4
The New Testament church experienced rapid multiplication. In looking for a more recent example of rapid multiplication, the Chinese church comes to mind.
 
Background Data for Mission, March 2010, Volume 22, No. 3
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.
 
Background Data for Mission, February 2010, Volume 22, No. 2
Phyllis Tickle shrewdly notes that every 500 years or so, big changes take place in Christianity. Time is ripe for a big change.
 
Background Data for Mission, January 2010, Volume 22, No. 1
Futurists are not stargazers but credentialed individuals who use sound disciplines and analyses to assess the future.
 
Background Data for Mission, December 2009, Volume 21, No. 12
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.
 
Background Data for Mission, November 2009, Volume 21, No. 11
United Methodists are amongst the most meticulous (methodical?) of denominations when it comes to keeping official records of congregational statistics.
 
Background Data for Mission, September 2009, Volume 21, No. 9
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.
 
Background Data for Mission, July 2009, Volume 21, No. 7
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.
 

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