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Share Christ in 24 Languages with Christmas DVD

ImageThe JESUS Film Project has produced a special edition of The Story of Jesus for Children. Families and churches are encouraged to host a family Christmas movie night, deliver cookies to neighbors along with the DVD, or include the film in holiday gift-giving. The DVD contains the one-hour special in 24 languages and shares the life of Jesus through the eyes of one family and one group of children. It connects all age groups and cultures with the realization that salvation is found through knowing Jesus. DVDs are available for 50 cents each when ordered by the case.

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MAC Hosts National Leadership Consultation in Charlotte

February 17-19, Charlotte, N.C.

You are invited to the MAC 2014 Leadership Consultation

We will share evangelism and discipleship updates and strategies as we meet around tables in working groups, planning and learning together with practitioners from local communities to national outreach leaders. Affinity sphere leaders from MAC's LOVE2020 initiative will be at the tables also with insights for reaching more than three dozen spheres of our culture.

During the past 20 years, MAC partners, members, and others have met to advance the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ and to prayerfully form collaborative action plans that have influenced our nation by drawing many to Christ. You will not want to miss this pivotal gathering of denominations, evangelism leaders, city reachers, church planters, pastors, and other Christian leaders! Save the dates now!

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Ethnic Embrace Offers 40-Day Prayer Guide for Diaspora Groups

ImageThe newest edition of the Ethnic Embrace USA 40-Day prayer guide, called "Blessing the Nations Among Us," is available for free download online. Encounter 40 different people groups who now call the U.S. home, and explore 40 Scripture passages about the love God has for the nations. The guide introduces background on the largest groups of diaspora peoples in the U.S. and vital statistics about the progress of the gospel among them. A print version of the guide will release in December.

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Join the Mom's Day of Prayer 2014 Team

January 18, Worldwide

ImageWomen will assemble to pray for children on the Mom’s Day of Prayer (MDOP), January 14. MODP is looking for coordinators to launch regional prayer events, host meetings in homes, conduct virtual prayer meetings online, and other venues. Cheryl Roland, a MDOP participant said, "I arrived at the church early that morning with my Bible, prayer list, and a heavy heart....Words cannot begin to express the impact of Mom’s Day of Prayer on my family. I received joy, hope, and a new zeal to pray without ceasing, not only for my own children but also for families all over our community." Find out how to coordinate an event and register your team on the MDOP website.

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Mobilize Prayer for Your City During Lent

March 5 - April 13, 2014

ImageSeek God for the City helps you to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. This prayer guide covers forty days to Palm Sunday, March 5 - April 13, 2014, an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer. The prayers in the guide are biblically grounded and easy to pray. Pastors, mission leaders and positioned prayer leaders may request a complimentary review copy at (800) 264-5214 or (512) 419-7729.

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National Marriage Week USA: Let's Strengthen Marriage

February 7-14, Nationwide

ImageNational Marriage Week USA is a collaborative effort to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children. Churches are invited to launch a marriage class or host a marriage outreach event during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Ideas, tools and tips are available in a downloadable City Campaign Kit.

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Mobilize Prayer for Your City During Lent

March 5 - April 13, 2014

ImageSeek God for the City helps you to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. This prayer guide covers forty days to Palm Sunday, March 5 - April 13, 2014, an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer. The prayers in the guide are biblically grounded and easy to pray. Pastors, mission leaders and positioned prayer leaders may request a complimentary review copy at (800) 264-5214 or (512) 419-7729.

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Mobilize Your Ministry for Global Outreach Day 2014

June 14, Worldwide

ImageA one-day global evangelism effort will take place on June 14. Individuals, ministry groups, and churches are urged to develop a strategy for reaching their communities on Global Outreach Day. Through personal contact, large events, neighborhood campaigns, media tools, street evangelism and other creative efforts, millions of people in more than 200 nations will be able to hear the gospel in one day.

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Online Missionaries Reach Record 2.4 Million with the Gospel in One Day, with a special focus on the '10/40 Window’

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How Hurricane Sandy Opened the Door for Redemptive Relationships: One Year After the Storm

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Truck Driver Spends $600,000 on Billboard Ads to Share Gospel

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Commentary Spotlight

  • Working with, Not for the Community â€“ Scott Wilson, pastor of a 3000-member church in Dallas says when we do things for people the recipients often feel inferior, which is different from how Jesus became one of us to show his love for us. Read more
  • Leadership Lessons from a Triathlon â€“ While training to run a marathon, Paul Alexander discovered how the principles of training offered parallel lessons that could help young leaders develop strong skills. Read more
  • Can Apologetics Save a Nonbeliever? â€“ Apologetics is a tool we can use to make our evangelism more effective, but we need to lean on the Holy Spirit to work in people, says Dr. Bobby Conway, founder of the One-Minute Apologist. Read more
  • Gospel with a Punch Line? â€“ When pastor Hal Seed of New Song Church in Oceanside, Calif., wanted to reach the unchurched by changing the perception of church as dull and boring, he took a risk and brought in a comedian for a Sunday. Read more
  • Ten Reasons Why Mass Evangelism is Still Relevant– Evangelist Greg Laurie and Pastor Jarrett Stephens respond to critics. Read more

Linking Leaders

These and many other events hosted by, or of interest to, MAC partners are listed in our online calendar. 
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MAC Weekly Evangelism Prayer Call

Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. CDT

The Mission America Coalition prayer team invites participants to join the weekly prayer teleconference , Intercession for the Harvest, every Wednesday at noon CDT. Call (641)715-3300 and enter code 416432# when prompted.

MAC Cityreaching Conference Call

November 21, 10:00 a.m. CDT

A Cityreaching conference call is held the third Thursday of every month. The next call is Nov. 21 with Charles Daugherty and the team from Cedar Rapids, an established CityReaching model. To join the call, dial (712)432-0075, and enter code 9310472# when prompted.

Listen online to a recording of the October call with Glenn Barth and Tom White discussing "City Advance."

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Bimonthly CityReaching Diaspora Initiative Call

November 6, 10 a.m. CDT

A Cityreaching Diaspora Initiative conference call is held on the first Wednesday of every other month. The next call will take place Wed., November 6 at 10 a.m. CDT. For more info visit the Cityreaching Diaspora Initiative Facebook page or email Brian.

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Efficient and Effective Reporting Webinar from Meet the Need

November 5, 12:00 p.m. CDT

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Immigrant Advocates Invited to Training Seminar

November 18-22, Minneapolis

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Exponential 2014 Church Planters Conference

Apr. 28-May 1, 2014, Orlando, Fla.

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Tools for Accelerating Evangelism

Gospel Shapes the Heart of the Evangelist First 
In a video message, Pastor Tim Keller explains how a gospel-changed heart is crucial to cultural renewal. Keller says the gospel shapes the attitude of the evangelist and gives our hearts the humility to work within the culture and cooperate with others in a way that advances evangelism. 
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Show 'Unstoppable’ in Your Church 
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Your church can be a hub for discussion and ongoing dialogue for questions of doubt and faith by utilizing Kirk Cameron's movie "Unstoppable." Beginning Nov. 15, churches can host a movie event to reach out to the community and continue the dialogue with resources from Unstoppable and partner ministries, including a discussion guide and sermon helps. The DVD will release at retailers in January. 
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Reclaim the Heart for Evangelism in the Church 
In Dying to Grow: Reclaiming the Heart for Evangelism in the Church , Dr. Nathan Lorick, director of evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, challenges churches to restore an intentional evangelism strategy within the body and teaches practical ways to do it. 
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Study Ephesians with the Global Church 
The Lausanne Movement has released Ephesians: Studying with the Global Church, a study guide and DVD curriculum for small groups based on the study of Ephesians at Cape Town 2010. The guide is intended to make some of the Cape Town 2010 experience available to local churches. It provides training in inductive Bible study, a fold-out manuscript of the book of Ephesians, a DVD recording of the six Bible expositors, and a brief introduction to The Lausanne Movement. 
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Help Others Understand God’s Sovereignty in Tragedy 
In this free eBook, Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, John Piper addresses the question of where God is when disaster comes, working through biblical truths to help bolster readers' trust in the utter sovereignty of God. 
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Seven Tips for Missions in the Suburbs 
Pastor Jon Dansby of Austin, Texas, gives seven practical elements that have made his missional community in the suburbs a success. 
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How to Make God Real to a Skeptical Public 
Although many people avoid church, 88 percent of the population say faith is important to them and they desire to grow closer to God. Author Thom Schultz explains five ways the church can shift the focus to a relationship with Jesus and help people see God as a real and constant companion, not just a remote subject to be studied. 
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Free Booklet, Building a Marriage that Lasts 
Dr. James Dobson offers a free booklet with advice for a thriving marriage. Readers will learn how to avoid marriage killers and apply the important fundamentals of Christian marriage that will promote joy, satisfaction, and success. The booklet is a helpful tool to use in connection with National Marriage Week USA and the emphasis on marriage education. 
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Perspectives on Missional Community 
In a free eBook from Verge Network, Missional Community Made Simple , nine leading thinkers and practitioners share perspectives on what it means to follow Jesus in community, on mission. Contributors include Alan Hirsch, Mike Breen, Jeff Vanderstelt, Neil Cole, Todd Engstrom, Hugh Halter, JR Woodward, Felicity Dale, and Matt Carter. 
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One year after Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast, Samaritan's Purse is helping homeowners continue to experience God’s restoring power and connecting with people who have never encountered true Christians.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For several months, we have been sharing with you the forthcoming ministry of My Hope America with Billy Graham. During the past 60+ years, Mr. Graham has been preaching the Gospel across this nation and around the world. This coming Thursday, November 7, he will be celebrating his 95th birthday and will be sharing the gospel by means of a very powerful and effective television special.

For those of us involved in seeking to live the prayer-care-share lifestyle it is a very special opportunity. Many of us have been praying for those around us who have never come to personal faith in Jesus Christ. And we have been caring for them by reaching out to them with love in tangible ways. This television special offers a very loving way to share the gospel with them.

If you have not planned to take advantage of this special opportunity, I would encourage you to do so. It is not too late. It may be Mr. Graham's last television special. You can find full details

Jeannie and I are opening our home to a number of our friends and neighbors later this week for the TV special. We are praying for the Lord to use it to draw several of them to the Lord. We pray the same for you as you reach out.

Prayerfully and expectantly,

Paul Cedar 

P.S. Please give prayerful consideration to the invitation to the 2014 Leadership Consultation - your participation is important to the strategic ministries of the Mission America Coalition.


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More Non-Attenders 
The percentage of Americans who say they "seldom" or "never" attend religious services (aside from weddings and funerals) has risen modestly in the past decade. 29% of U.S. adults now say they seldom or never attend services, up from 25% in 2003, according to aggregated data from Pew Research Center surveys. The share of people who say they attend services at least once a week has remained relatively steady; 37% say they attend at least weekly today vs. 39% a decade ago. (Pew Research Center 9/13/13)

The unchurched segment 
among Millennials has increased in the last decade from 44% to 52%, mirroring a larger cultural trend among Americans. Barna research shows 59% of Millennials who grow up in Christian churches end up walking away from either their faith or from the institutional church at some point in their first decade of adult life.(Barna Update 9/17/13)

20-Somethings Who Stay in Church
When comparing 20-somethings who remained active in their faith beyond high school and 20-somethings who dropped out of church, a new Barna study uncovered a significant difference between the two. Those who stay were twice as likely to have a close personal friendship with an adult inside the church (59% of those who stayed report such a friendship versus 31% among those who are no longer active). (Barna Update 9/17/13)

Millennial Faith 
About one-quarter of Millennials (18 to 29) are practicing Christians, meaning they attend church at least once a month and strongly affirm their religious faith is very important in their life. A majority of Millennials claim to pray each week, one-quarter say they’ve read the Bible or attended a religious small group this week, and one in seven have volunteered at a church in the past week. The most common drivers of spiritual growth among Millennials are prayer, family and friends, the Bible, having children, and their relationship with Jesus. Church make the top 10.(Barna Update 9/17/13)

Millennials and God’s Calling 
Millennials who have remained active in church are three times more likely than dropouts to say they learned to view their gifts and passions as part of God’s calling (45% vs. 17%). They are four times more likely to have learned at church "how the Bible applies to my field or career interests" (29% vs. 7%). Millennials who remain active are more likely than those who dropped out to say they believe Jesus speaks to them personally in a way that is real and relevant (68% vs. 25%). Additionally, actives are much more likely to believe the Bible contains wisdom for living a meaningful life (65% vs. 17%). (Barna Update 9/17/13)

First-Time Visitors 
Two out of 100 people sitting in America’s pews are attending that congregation for the first time. The U.S. Congregational Life Survey found 67% of first-time visitors had been participating in another congregation before coming to one of the study’s congregations. But 13% had never regularly attended anywhere before. Another 15% had not been attending anywhere for several years. 39% of first-time worship visitors consists of people 25 to 44. The average age of these first-timers is 41, nine years younger than the average worshiper. 59% were women vs. 41% men, a ratio almost identical to that among all worshipers. While only 33% of all worshipers are not married, 54% of first-time worship visitors are single. 27% have never been married, 10% are divorced or separated, 5% are living in a committed relationship but not married, and 4% are widowed. (Insights Into Religion 10/3/13)

Cultural, Congregational and Convictional
Around 75% of Americans "self-identify" as Christians, regardless of how others might define them. LifeWay Research’s Ed Stetzer separates those who profess Christianity into three categories: cultural, congregational and convictional. Cultural Christians believe themselves to be Christians simply because of their culture or heritage; Congregational Christians they have some connection to congregational life, perhaps a "home church"; Convictional Christians actually live according to their faith. They would say they have met Jesus and He changed their lives. Each group comprises about 1/3 of the 75% (about 1/4 of all Americans). (CT Online 10/1/13)

"Generation World" 
top five conscious attitudes are: 1) People should be able to marry, live and work however they want. 2) It’s up to me to get what I want in life. 3) My age doesn’t define me; it is not central to who I am. 4) My identity, who I really am, is a work in progress. 5) Success is about how you see yourself, not how other people think of you. These attitudes, 42% of the global sample, represent a new mainstream who are multi-faceted, complex and evolving. (Center for Media Research Brief 10/3/13)

Influence of Hispanics in the U.S.
Research from Barna: Hispanics, in partnership with the American Bible Society, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and OneHope, reveals the faith and social values of Latinos may be more conservative than many cultural observers realize. Hispanics in the U.S. place high value on the traditional family. 78% of all Latinos in the U.S. say the traditional family is the main building block of a healthy community. 69% believe it is best for children to be raised by parents married to each other. Half say they are "very concerned" about the breakdown of Hispanic families. 66% say marriage should be defined as a relationship between one man and one woman. 73% believe adoption or parenting is better choices than abortion. However, the longer the Hispanic community experiences U.S. cultural norms, the less socially conservative its members become. (Barna Update 8/20/13)

Religious Retention
"The most important factor predicting religious retention is whether a person’s family of origin was religiously homogeneous and observant or not." If we want the next generation to embrace the faith, parents and extended family have to believe and faithfully practice it themselves. (American Grace by Robert Putnam and David Campbell, Simon & Schuster 2012)

Christians Impact Economic Well-Being
According to a study of more than 100 nations by Dutch researcher Dick Slikker, changes in the percentage of Christians (especially evangelicals) in a given country have a direct correlation to economic well-being. His conclusion: "Changes in the percentage of Christians within a society exert a measurable correlated influence of the economic well-being of that society. When using total Christian populations per country, statistically significant positive linear correlations were obtained in seven out of eight combinations of data source, rating agency and either five- or 10-year interval." Also, within the three subsets of Christianity studied-Protestants, Catholics, and evangelicals-it was evangelicals that proved to have the highest rate of correlation with economic wellbeing. (CT Gleanings 9/25/13)

Bestselling Bibles
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s list of top selling Bibles based on adult book sales data from U.S. Christian retail stores: (1) New International Version; (2) King James Version; (3) New King James Version; (4) New Living Translation; (5) English Standard Version; (6) Reina Valera; (7) New American Standard Bible; (8) New International Reader's Version; (9) The Message; (10) Christian Standard Bible.(Christian Post 9/19/13)

Prayer & Bible Study 
A third of Americans (and nearly half of evangelical, fundamentalist or born-again Christians) believe prayer and Bible study alone can overcome serious mental illness, finds a LifeWay Research study. 68% of Americans would feel welcome in church if they were mentally ill. (Baptist Press 9/18/13)

End Times
A recent Barna Group poll found 41% of U.S. adults believe "the world is currently living in the 'end times’ as described by prophecies in the Bible." 71% of evangelicals and 54% of all Protestants believe this. Among Catholics, 73% say the end times have not arrived, though 45% of practicing Catholics say they have. (Christian Post 9/12/13)

Church Attendance 
Pew research finds church attendance in America has held rather steady over the past decade. Essentially, 37% of Americans in 2013 say they attend worship services at least weekly (vs. 39% in 2003), and 29% today say they seldom or never attend (vs. 25% in 2003). (CT Gleanings 9/13/13)

Kids, Cohabitation Casualties
40% of children in the U.S. spend some portion of their lives in households with cohabiting parents before they are 12, and 20% are born into such households. Compared with peers who live in intact, married families, children in cohabiting households are more likely to suffer from emotional, social and behavioral problems and less likely to succeed academically. According to government data, they are also at least three times more likely to be abused. Plus, they are 170% more likely to experience a parental breakup than children born to married couples, and those unsettling transitions are linked to poor relationships with parents, behavioral and health problems, and school failure. (Heritage and LifeSite News 9/18/13)

Disconnected Men 
In 1960, only 5% of children in the U.S. were born out of wedlock. By 2010, that number was 40%. During a recent American Enterprise Institute, Univ. of Virginia’s W. Bradford Wilcox focused on how men, especially poor, less educated and working class men, have been impacted by changing family structures. Men have lost their connection to the key social institutions of work, religion and marriage that provide them with their financial, moral and social needs. He also cited research showing men who have a full-time job, attend religious services regularly and get and stay married are more likely to stay out of poverty, stay faithful to their wife, forgive others, be happy, be healthy and stay connected to their kids throughout their lives. Men raised in intact families are more likely to graduate from college, attend religious services and get married. (Christian Post 10/11/13)

A Fast Aging World
A new UN Population Fund study measuring the wellbeing of older people in 91 countries says most countries are ill-prepared to handle the consequences of a rapidly aging population coupled with a collapsing birth rate. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10. Already there are more over 60 than under five.(LifeSite News 10/1/13)

Adolescent Addicts to Mature Content
A new Univ. of East London, UK, survey finds 20% of boys in their late teens say they are dependent on explicit content. 97% of boys and 80% of girls who responded to the survey said they had viewed explicit content. 25% of boys and 8% of girls said they have tried to stop watching it but could not kick the habit. In another recent study, Cambridge University conducted brain scans of men 19 to 34 who had tried unsuccessfully to give up explicit content and found their neuroscans resemble those of alcohol or heroin addicts. (LifeSite News 10/1/13)

Having Kids Changes People
As the oldest Millennials are beginning to reproduce, their attitudes about their behaviors, media consumption and brands are changing, according to new Barkley research. Despite being the most technologically advanced generation, for instance, the importance of having the latest gadget diminishes after having kids, and utility moves to the front. As Millennials have children (which, rather than getting married or some other life event, is the big trigger in attitude change), their views on brands also change. Where non-parent Millennials over-index among population groups for brands such as H&M, Apple, Macy’s and Sephora, parent-Millennials over-index on brands such as Dollar General, Kohl’s, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart.(Marketing Daily 10/7/13)

When LifeWay Research asked Americans to respond to the statement, "I am dealing with the consequences of a bad decision," 47% of respondents agreed. 51% of self-identified born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christians agree they are still dealing with a wrong choice from their past vs. 42% of Protestant or non-denominational Christians. However, 84% believe God gives second chances for those who have made a bad decision. 94% of Protestants and 98% of evangelicals agree. 44% believe God’s offering of a second chance depends on some kind of human action. (Christianity Today, The Exchange 10/16/13)

Women Give More Money
A recent study found women are more than twice as generous as men. For every $100 Boomer and older men gave, women in the very same economic circumstances gave $258. Women are more likely to give to charity, and more likely to give more. (Women Give 2012, Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University.)

People & Transitions:
  • Chuck Smith, 86, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement, died 10/3/13 after a battle with cancer.
  • National Religious Broadcasters has selected Dr. Jerry Johnson to serve as its new president.
Fast Facts:
  • People raised in a happy marriage are more than twice as likely to attend church as those raised by divorced parents who both stay involved in the child’s life.
  • Nearly one in three Americans told Gallup they rarely or never attended religious services in 2012.
  • Outreach magazine estimates there are 7,123 Asian churches in the U.S. (4,000 Korean and 1,200 Chinese).
  • 74% of Asian churches in the U.S. financially support missionaries.
  • 88% of Americans own a Bible, 80% say it is sacred and 61% wish they read it more.
  • Among Mosaics (18 to 28) 40% have an interest in how the Bible addresses family concerns and 42% in parenting.
  • It is estimated there are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide.
  • 5,000 U.S. churches have multiple locations today, up from fewer than 50 in 2001.
  • 75 of the largest churches in the U.S. are multi-site.
  • 24% of U.S. adults do not attend church due to personal priorities, including 16% who say they are too busy.
  • 24% of U.S. adults do not attend church due to practical difficulties, e.g., work conflicts, health problems or transportation difficulties.
  • 54% of Americans say churches should do more to prevent suicide. That number jumps to 64% among evangelical, fundamentalist or born again Christians.
  • The average U.S. household contains at least 4 Bibles.
  • 57% of U.S. Millennials report reading the Bible less than three times a year or never.
  • About half of American dads and a quarter of moms say they do not spend enough time with their children.
  • 30% of working fathers say they would take a pay cut to spend more time with their children.
  • 83% of U.S. workers report going to work even when they are sick.
  • 69% of U.S. workers report work is a significant source of stress.
  • 51% of U.S. adults say someone close to them has experienced mental illness. That number drops to 37% for those over 65.
  • A University of Chicago study says 35% of new marriages now start online.
  • By 2050, Nigeria is projected to have a larger population than the United States.
  • 55% of Millennials check their social media accounts at least twice each day for an estimated 17 hours each week.

News and Trends information compiled and edited by Gary Foster, President of Gary D Foster Consulting, a firm that assists Christian ministries and product companies in solving management, marketing, donor/customer service and product development problems. Contact Gary at: 419.238.4082, or go


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