What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

Two words What’s the most anticipated part of 2020? Is it a new year and a new decade? Or is it . . . get ready . . . the 2020 United States Census and all the statistics. One may even geek out and say: “Oh, the change we’ve seen in the last ten years!”  Alright, yes, that was a bit of sarcasm—especially for me because I used to shudder at hearing the word statistics and trying to make sense of it all. Then there’s another word that may make one cringe: diversity. A topic that naturally comes... Read More
Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

If we lead the next generation to love and serve others, their faith will move in a positive direction. If we don’t, their faith will become shallow and superficial. Not only does loving God affect how we love others, but loving others affects how we love God. That’s the genius of what Jesus was implying in the Great Commandment. Your relationship with God and your relationship with others is intricately connected. Here’s the practical point. We often miss the link between loving others and... Read More
How to Make the Most of Breakouts at Orange Conference

How to Make the Most of Breakouts at Orange Conference

Editor’s note: Things have changed since this blog post was originally posted—namely, a global pandemic known as coronavirus. Because of that, the Orange Conference 2020 has shifted to an online conference format. That obviously has an impact on some of the content in this blog post. We just wanted to make sure you were aware! Conferences are amazing opportunities for church leaders. Not only are they great experiences for you to learn new insights and be reminded of why you do what you... Read More
5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

As the country continues to evolve and advance, our nation seems to be “browning” more and more every day. This means that churches everywhere are beginning to evolve, too. This evolution includes programming, branding, messaging, marketing, staff culture and even target audiences. Statistics show that churches that choose not to diversify within the next 10-20 years will be struggling churches very soon. Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white, the highest share of any... Read More
Who is Generation Z and How Can The Church Reach Them?

Who is Generation Z and How Can The Church Reach Them?

There is a new generation on the horizon of leadership in our congregations. While their permanent name will be assigned sometime in the future, researchers are calling them Generation Z, iGen, the Centennials, or the Founders. For the sake of this article, let’s go with Gen Z. Who is Gen Z? Most researchers have settled on Gen Z being born between 1995–2015 (although that year range depends on who you ask). They’re characterized by being individuals who are too young to remember what... Read More