Tag Archives | people
In the late 1980s a new cultural trend took hold that has continued until today … as a culture we started having babies before we were married. Today, almost half of all babies are born to unmarried mothers, and the median first birth happens around one year earlier in a woman’s life than her median age […]
Marrying Older, But Sooner? If you have been involved in helping people get married you’ve noticed that median age of people getting married has risen over time. This is somewhat true … In reality the trend was that in the 50s & 60s people where getting married at a younger age than was typical. Even more intriguing to […]
Churches that want to reach young people have only young, attractive people involved in visible ways. A band full of hipsters. A greeter core made of up college students who smile at other young people and get awkward with older folks. Video and photography that clearly reads “We are young, and we like people who […]
Churches that want to reach young people don’t actually have young people involved in any visible roles. No young staff members teaching from the stage. Few young greeters or leaders of groups. No young musicians or singers. Little if any imagery of young families on their websites. (Relevant imagery on church websites is hugely lacking… […]
1) Your Sunday productions have worn thin. 2) You speak in a foreign tongue. 3) Your vision can’t see past your building. 4) You choose lousy battles. 5) Your love doesn’t look like love.
85% of churches are stuck or in decline. People avoid church where they cannot get connected. People view church as one-way communication and they don’t want to be lectured. They want to participate. Successful churches understand how relationships develop. There is a difference between a friendly church and a welcoming church.