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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 their ministry context and contextualizing their mission strategy to engage their neighbors in a way that is meaningful. This same crowd most likely knows that has something to do with demographic data on their neighborhood, and they begin trying to find a way to capture…

Read More Four Online Resources for Demographics on Your Community

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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 that came after long Saturdays of dance competitions or late Saturday nights with friends, and I wanted to sleep in rather than go to church. And I never really understood why it was a big deal to miss one Sunday every once in a while.…

Read More Three Misunderstandings about the Church that Muddle the Mission

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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 of the American residents, foreign-born or otherwise, who claim Islam as their religion. The premise: there are as many new Americans converting to Islam as former Muslims leaving it. The report makes several interesting claims, and the numbers are something church leaders should understand if…

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

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