Campaign Invites Austin Area Residents to Explore God
Explore God is a four-month coordinated effort to engage the greater Austin, Texas, area in spiritual conversation, inviting people to investigate questions about God in a non-threatening way. To date, 318 churches have signed up to host a 4- or 7-week sermon series and discussion group series aimed at giving biblical insights into life's most challenging questions. The campaign began in July and culminates with a sermon series Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, when Sunday messages and small groups will be centered on seven common questions about God and faith, including: "Does life have a purpose?" and "Why does God allow pain and suffering?" The project is interviewing dozens of theologians, pastors, authors and speakers around the world for short films featured on its website, as well as "man-on-the-street interviews".
National Night Out Brings Neighbors Together
August 6, Nationwide
National Night Out is a community-wide event across the US to promote involvement in crime prevention, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. Churches and families may consider sponsoring block parties to connect with their neighbors on this night. National Night Out involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states.
Cry Out America Seeks Coordinators, Participants for Patriot Day Prayer
September 11, Nationwide
Christians will gather for prayer, renewal, and awakening on the steps of their State capitols, county courthouses, churches, city parks, and other public venues nationwide on Sept. 11, Patriot Day, for a prayer event called Cry Out America. Local coordinators are needed to organize and publicize events, enlist a prayer team, and connect with local pastors, churches, and civic leaders about participation. To see if your county needs a coordinator, or to join a local event, click on the map on the Cry Out America website. Patriot Day Prayer sponsor Awakening America is a Mission America Coalition partner.
Testimonials Show Back-to-Church Sunday Works!
September 15, Nationwide
Why should your church participate in Back to Church Sunday next month? Check out these reports of churches from previous years, and join in with MAC partners to participate:
"We broke all our previous attendance records with 145 people, including 20-30 first time visitors. That's an increase of 70 percent over our normal Sunday attendance. There were multiple commitments/renewals and several others who requested more information about the church...one of the most successful outreach events we have ever hosted." - Victory Christian Church
"Enabling people to extend a simple invitation to family/friends/coworkers has had a huge impact not only on our attendance, but on the sense of hope in our congregation. And being a smaller church, hope is sometimes in short supply when it comes to attendance...[it] has really sparked our evangelism efforts." - Redeemer Lutheran Church
"We incorporated Back to Church Sunday with our annual Family and Friends Day...We had over 100 first-time guests, received 47 connection cards, and at least four people were saved..." - Community Harvest Church
My Hope Involvement Grows
Churches and individuals across the country continue to join in the My Hope America effort with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In August, some 18,000 churches were already committed to be inolved, more than 10,000 church leaders had been trained, and about 117,000 individuals were offering their homes as gathering places to show a video and engage in spiritual conversations with their neighbors. The event launches in November. Special materials are being prepared for outreach including the flagship video with Billy Graham to be subtitled into 12 major international languages. Rev. Honnalora Hubbard reports on one of the pastor training sessions in Indiana. "I saw pastors' countenances change from stale and dry to being filled with emotion and faces wet with tears as God moved on their hearts and reignited their hope....They wept as they had been praying for months for an awakening in their city. They asked God for a plan, and they recognized My Hope as that plan."
2014 Sticky Faith Cohorts Forming Now
The Stick Faith initiative seeks to help churches develop a deep, growing faith in kids that "sticks" and continues to mature long-term. In conjunction with Sticky Faith, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has conducted a national longitudinal study following over 500 high school seniors during their first three years in college. The research studies the dynamics of youth group graduatesâ€™ transition to college and identifies the relationships and best practices in youth ministries, churches, and families that can help set students on a trajectory of lifelong faith and service. Mission America Coalition partner FYI uses research findings to sponsor practicum groups called a Sticky Faith Cohort, where participating churches commit to apply the research to their ministry settings. Churches that wish to apply for the 2014 cohort must do so by Dec.15, 2013.
Join the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem
October 6, Worldwide
Join the global chorus of prayer October 6 as hundreds of millions of Christians around the globe unite for the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ). More than 1,200 global leaders are issuing the call, including MAC Chairman Paul Cedar. Local representatives are needed in churches and cities. Videos are available online to share, as well as a free packet of information including posters, prayer cards, children's resources and more.
Global Discipleship Congress Gathers 7000 Leaders in Manila
About 7000 delegates from 61 nations gathered in Manila for the Global Discipleship Congress (GDC) in May. They heard from evangelism leaders such as Ravi Zacharias, Robert Coleman, Luis Bush, and Peter Tan-Chi. The GDC was sponsored by the Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple-Making Churches (IDMC). Highlights of the event are available onYouTube. The IDMC movement aims to empower 20,000 intentional disciple-making churches, through 50 gateway cities, to equip 100,000 disciple-makers to mobilize one million disciples. IDMC will host a conference Sept. 5-7 in Singapore with the theme "Starting Over: Rediscovering Discipleship as a Redemptive Journey."
Global Week of Student Prayer Expands 'See You at the Poleâ€™ Reach
September 22-28 â€“ Worldwide
'Weekendâ€™ Outreach Lasts Eight Days as Spirit Leads, Community Responds
Conference Spurs Youth Pastors to Renew Commitment to Prayer, Evangelism, and Unity
'God Belongs in My Cityâ€™ Prayer Walk Becomes a Worldwide Phenomenon, Spreads from NYC to Africa
- Seven Essentials of City Transformation â€“ Strategic thinking alone doesnâ€™t lead to change, says Gary Kinnaman of the Barna Institute. The starting point for change has to be the power of God in and through the people working toward transformation. Read More -Part One Part Two
- Five People to Pray For, Even If You Donâ€™t Want To â€“ Whether we feel like praying for difficult, unlikeable people or not, Pastor Daniel Darling says, "These are the sinners Christ most likely would have sought out to save, the people we should, at the very least, pray for." Read more
- Eleven Traits of Churches That Will Change the Future â€“ What will the future church will look like, and what kind of characteristics will mark those churches? Pastor Carey Nieuwhof, of Connexus Community Church near Toronto, lists trends he sees in the churches that will likely have a significant impact a decade from now. Read more
- What Qualifies a 'Movement?â€™ â€“ Ed Stetzer from Lifeway Research assesses what constitutes a real "movement." He says, "Only God can create a movement; it takes His divine and sovereign work."Read more
- Global Trends, People Movements, and Their Impact on Mission â€“ Urbanization will profoundly shape our world and mission over the next 30-50 years, says Patrick Dixon in the July Lausanne Global Analysis, and the destruction of families has left people searching for new forms of family, and globalization will shrink our world.Read more
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.
Bimonthly Cityreaching Diaspora Initiative Call
September 4, 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., September 4 at 10a.m. CDT. For more info visit the Cityreaching Diaspora Initiative Facebook page or emailBrian@missionamerica.org.
MAC Cityreaching Conference Call
August 15, 10:00 a.m. CDT
A Cityreaching conference call is held the third Thursday of every month. The next call will be Thursday, August 15. To join the call, dial (712)432-0075, and enter code 9310472# when prompted. Please RSVP by e-mail to email@example.com if you plan to join the call. Archived recordings of past calls are available on the Cityreaching website.
Find information about the following events hosted by, or of interest to, MAC partners on the MAC website:
'Bridgesâ€™ One-Day Seminars Help Christians Connect with Muslims
International Orality Network to Host Annual Conference
September 16-19, St. Louis
Movement Day Congress Focus: Urban Reality in Ministry
Oct. 10, Nationwide
Explore Business as Mission with 'Go Equipped!â€™
October 15-20, Ft. Myers, Fla.
ENGAGE Missional Life Conference Supports a Pray-Care-Share Lifestyle
October 18-19, Oakdale, Calif.
Oasis Conference 2013 Equips Christians for Ministry to Muslims
October 31-November 2, Gravpevine, Texas
Tools for Accelerating Evangelism
Church Planting Tips from Experts
Ed Stetzer helps leaders examine their motives for church planting, and consider how they can learn from seasoned church-planters about common mistakes.
Research and Trends Available from The Barna Group
The Barna Update is an e-mail bulletin from the Barna Group that offers research addressing issues related to ministry and the Christian life, a resource to help the Church reach the culture for Christ.
Magazine Supports College Ministry Leaders
Campus Renewal Ministries (CRM) has launched the Campus Transformation Network (CTN) to bring about Christ-centered transformation at colleges and universities across the nation. CRM strategies include an online magazine for college ministry leaders, an online social network, leadership prayer and action circles on campuses, church planting near unreached college campuses, a national conference, a partnership with Movement Day, and more.
Learn About Islam and Connect with Muslim Neighbors
Bridges DVD curriculum, developed by Crescent Project, introduces Christians to Islam and paves the way to build relationships with Muslims in the community. Bridges seeks to reshape the way Christians view and respond to their Muslim neighbors.
DVD Version of 'Home Run the Movieâ€™ Releases
Home Run, The Movie, is now available on DVD. Churches with a site license can use the film as a community outreach effort. The movie highlights the Celebrate Recovery 12-step program with the fictional story of Cory, a pro baseball player who is forced into a rehabilitation program in his Oklahoma hometown after several alcohol related incidents. Coryâ€™s story is based on thousands of true stories, and demonstrates the power of Godâ€™s redemption.
Free eBook Helps Leaders Focus on the Mission of the Church
Be the Church: Discipleship and Mission Made Simple by Caesar Kalinowski and Seth McBee, is short book of simple pictures and conversations which offers a way to stimulate dialogue on key issues surrounding who we are as the Church and what our mission really is. The free download is provided by the Verge Network.
Reach Urban People Outside of the Majority Culture
In Plain Sight: A Primer for Reclaiming Discipleship by Dhati Lewis is a free eBook from the Verge Network that helps leaders strategize how to reach those outside of mainstream culture in the urban context.
Graphic Novels Bring Bible to Comics Fans
Kingstone - publisher of Christian comics and biblical - worldview graphic novels - brings the Bible to fans of graphic novels and comics. The Kingstone Bible, which features six classic stories of faith from the Old Testament is now available as the first faith-based graphic novel on the mainstream digital comics platform, ComiXology.
Internet Toolbox for Churches
The website Internet Toolbox for Churches provides practical tools to reach people through online media and build effective ministries. It teaches how to make church digital strategy (website and social media presence) outsider-friendly, and more.
Why I Joined the Mission America Coalition
I am very concerned that serious evangelism centered on the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is losing ground and is becoming anemic in the US, and I desire to affiliate myself and ministry with like-minded organizations.
- New Member from Reading, Pa.
My personal mission, as well as that of my business, is to reach those who don't know Christ by responding to God's leading and speaking His truth. It is also to connect with and share encouragement with other Christ-followers, working together to further our mutual effectiveness in preaching Christ.
- New Member from Stoughton, Wis.
We are committed to the whole Gospel. We engage connect and mobilize the local Church for integral discipleship through proclamation of the Good News and the demonstration of God's unfailing love for our neighbors.
- New Member from Franklin, Tenn.
To make an impact on our communities and win them to Christ. Without Christ we have no future nor hope.
- New Member from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Iâ€™m interested in evangelism tools and training for the local community.
- New Member from Poway, Calif.
The Intervarsity International Student Ministry (ISM) team participated in the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in Bangalore, India, in June. Leaders pictured around the table represent the US, UK, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and Singapore. Leighton Chinn, from the Mission America Coalition Facilitation Team is on the far left, next to his wife, Lisa Espineli Chinn, the National Director of InterVarsity ISM.
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
How do we share our faith with others? That is a question that many are struggling with today. It seems that some followers of Jesus do it easily while others of us find it to be very challenging.
If you are finding it to be a challenge, I encourage you to prayerfully consider adopting the prayer-care-share lifestyle. Every one of us can begin to pray for people in our lives who have never come to personal faith in Christ. We can pray for Godâ€™s blessing upon their lives and for the Holy Spirit to begin to move in their hearts to draw them to Jesus (John 6:44).
As we pray, the Lord will open opportunities for us to love them. We will not have to make things happen. Prayer will prepare the way. Our Lord will provide wonderful ways for us to express real love to them.
Then we can pray for the Lordâ€™s guidance for the best way to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. It may be nothing more than to invite them to your church or small group or a special evangelistic concert or event or to share a book or booklet or CD or to carry on a spiritual conversation with them or to ask them to share their spiritual journey with you. Usually that opens the door to share your faith journey with them. These are some of the possibilities, and, of course, there are many more.
You can do it. Or even better, the Holy Spirit can do it through you!
It will be a great joy,
RESEARCH AND TRENDS
Latinos Turning to Christ
A Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) website created to reach Spanish-speakers with the message of love and hope in God,PazConDios.net, reported 78,000 Latinos have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior in the first full year of the websiteâ€™s presence. (Christian Post 7/6/13)
Faith Comes By Hearing,
a New Mexico based ministry, offers free access to its digital collection of Scripture in 733 languages via streaming, downloads and podcasts. These languages collectively represent a potential outreach to more than 5.7 billion in more than 189 different countries. (Christian Post 7/13/13)
ages 14 to 17 are a bit more worried than their older counterparts about the economy and their future, while their older counterparts have a more positive outlook, finds a new MTV study. Over 75% worry about the negative impact that todayâ€™s economy will have on their future. 60% believe their generation will be worse off than their parentsâ€™ generation. 60% also feel very stressed about getting into a good high school or college. 71% agree, "If I want to do something, no one is going to stop me" vs. only 51% in 2011. 70% say, "I put more pressure on myself than others put on me." 80% agree, "Sometimes I just need to unplug and enjoy the simple things." Nearly 60% take a break from technology to make things with their hands. 70% admit their parents are like a best friend vs. 58% three years ago. (Media Daily News 6/19/13)
Canadaâ€™s Changing Religious Composition
The percentage of Canadians who identify as Catholic has dropped from 47% to 39% over the last four decades, while the share that identifies as Protestant has fallen from 41% to 27%. Concurrently, the number of those who belong to other religions (Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity) is growing. Collectively, these smaller religious groups account for 11% as of 2011 vs. 4% in 1981. In addition, the number who do not identify with any religion has risen from 4% in 1971 to 24% in 2011. In the U.S., the Catholic share of the population has held fairly steady in recent decades (roughly 25%), while the Protestant share has fallen from more than two-thirds in the 1960s to about 50% today. In the early 1980s, only 20% of adults in either country were affiliated with religious traditions other than Protestantism or Catholicism. As of 2011, 10% Canadians self-identify as Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish or an adherent of other religions (including Orthodox Christianity). The share of U.S. adults who belong to these smaller religious groups has increased more slowly, reaching 6% in 2012. (The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 6/27/13)
Geographic Shift Changes Religious Population Mix
A total of 41% of new legal permanent U.S. residents in 1992 came from the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East-North Africa region or sub-Saharan Africa. By 2012, 53% were from those regions. Conversely, the annual percentage coming from Europe and the Americas has decreased. 59% of all new legal immigrants in 1992 came from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean or North America. By 2012 it was 47%. With this geographic shift, Pew Research estimates the religious makeup of legal immigrants also has been changing. While Christians continue to make up a majority of legal immigrants, the estimated share of new ones who are Christian declined from 68% in 1992 to 61% in 2012. The share that belongs to religious minorities rose 19% to 25%. This includes growing shares of Muslims (5% to 10%) and Hindus (3% to 7%). Buddhists however dipped slightly (7% to 6%). (Church Executive 6/7/13)
Who Has Read the Bible Through?
According to Barna Research, one in five American adults have read the Bible from start to finish. 61% of evangelical Christians have done so. So have 18% of people with a faith other than Christianity and 9% of people with no faith. 23% of Boomers, the group with the highest readership, have read the Bible through.(CT Gleanings 6/4/13)
Religious Practice and The Family
In 1972, 94.9% of Americans reported a religious preference vs. 82% in 2010. According to a study by Ethics and Public Policy Center fellow Mary Eberstadt, family strengthens religious practice, and likewise, religious practice strengthens the family. Marriages tend to be stronger when the spouses attend weekly service. Likewise, parents (especially fathers) are more involved in the lives of their children when they frequent religious services. Religious practice contributes to the well-being of individuals, families and the community. However, where there is a breakdown of the family, religious observance likewise slumps.(Heritage Foundation 6/6/13)
Canadian and U.S. Church Attendance
In 1986, more than 43% of Canadian adults 15 and older and 54% of U.S. adults 18 and older attended religious services at least once a month, according to General Social Surveys. By 2010, the figure for Canadian adults had fallen 16 percentage points to 27%, while the share of U.S. adults had declined by 8 points to 46%.(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 6/27/13)
Mormon Missionaries Move Online
The Mormon Church has announced it will start using sites like Facebook to build an online presence and bolster recruitment instead of sending missionaries door-to-door. Currently 70,000-some missionaries are utilized by the church, and that number is expected to grow to 85,000 by year-end. (The Inquisitr 6/25/13)
continues to suffer globally at the hands of extremists and totalitarian governments, according to a new report by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The commission retained Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan on its CPC list and recommends the U.S. State Department add Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. Katrina Lantos Swett described the condition of global religious freedom as "increasingly dire due to the presence of forces that fuel instability. These forces include the rise of violent religious extremism coupled with the actions and inactions of governments." (Baptist Press 5/3/13)
The YouVersion Bible App
hit the 100 million downloads milestone on 7/7/13. While the app is most used at home (81%) and church (60%), it is also used "on the go" (55%). 67% use it at work and 67% of users switch between Bible versions. The three most shared verses via Twitter, Facebook, email and text were Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 4:15 and Matthew 7:7. (Christian Post 7/9/13)
According to a new Barna study commissioned by Gospel Light, 68% of churches in America offered Vacation Bible School (VBS) last summer. In recent years, this level of involvement has remained fairly stable. However, itâ€™s lower than the high of 81% in 1997. Nine out of ten Southern Baptist churches hosted VBS in 2012. Nearly three-quarters of all Southern churches offered VBS vs. only about half of those in the West. Apart from denomination, churches that most commonly hold a VBS program are simply larger (in both budgets and congregation). The most common reason cited by pastors of churches that did not hold a VBS is "not enough adult volunteers to lead the program," followed by "not enough children among the congregation." 76% of Buster pastors (30â€“48) were involved in VBS programs, more than any other age group.(Barna Group 7/9/13)
Half of All Children
born in the U.K. are being raised by one parent, usually the mother. And "every year an additional 20,000 people, mainly women, join the throngs of those raising children more or less singlehandedly," states a new Centre for Social Justice report. According to studies, children with separated, single or step-parents are 50% more likely to fail at school, have low self-esteem, struggle to make friends and with their behavior. They often battle with anxiety or depression throughout the rest of their lives. (LifeSite News 6/17/13)
Barna Groupâ€™s most recent study on how the rise of e-reading will affect the future of the Christian book industry, conducted in May of 2013, discovered one-quarter of American adults own an e-reading device. Christians are right on par with the national average. One in four use an e-reader or mobile tablet for reading purposes. Pastorsâ€™ use of e-readers has tripled from 14% to 44% in just 2 years. E-reader users are often between 29 and 47, college-educated and married with children. Those with an annual income of higher than $60,000 are also likely to gravitate toward e-readers, and so are white Americans vs. non-white. Also, women are more likely than men to own an e-reader. The typical reader uses e-books about 1/10 of the time, but for more acclimated readers about 1/3 of his or her reading is done on a digital device. Those who own an e-reader actually spend about 50% more time reading books in a typical week than those not using e-readers. (Barna Group 6/24/13)
Pastors Influence Book Buying
Nine in ten Protestant pastors make book recommendations from the pulpit. Nearly one in three Christians have purchased a Christian product after hearing a sermon in a church, and one in six have made a purchase after hearing about it on the radio. About one in five Christian store shoppers have been influenced to purchase a Christian product because of social media.(Barna Group 6/24/13)
Traits of Youth Who Stay in the Church
What is it that sets apart the kids who stay in the church? John Neilson, college pastor at College Church in Wheaton, Il., offers three traits of kids who stay. First, they are converted, new creations, who are hungry to know and speak Godâ€™s Word. Second, they have been equipped to share the gospel, disciple a younger believer, and lead a Bible study, not entertained. Third, the 20-somethings who are serving, leading, and driving the ministries at our church are kids whose parents made them go to church, whose parents read the Bible around the dinner table, and who were tough but who ultimately operated from a framework of grace that held up the cross of Jesus as the basis for peace with God and forgiveness toward one another.(Church Leaders)
What Numbers Matter?
Numbers will help church leaders in effective planning, decision-making and prioritizing. Here are the 9 different areas of ministries that, when measured and tracked, offer you valuable intelligence about the health and vitality of your churchâ€™s community-building efforts: 1. Attendance, 2. Volunteers, 3. Missional Participation, 4. Online Activity, 5. Financial Giving, 6. Event Outcomes, 7. Assimilation, 8. Growth, 9. Attrition. (ChurchLeaders.com 7/14/13)
Religious Giving Down
Religious organizations may have received the largest proportion (as usual) of the more than $316 billion donated by Americans last year. But theyâ€™re also one of the only giving sectors not bouncing back post-recession, according to the Giving USA Foundation. Charitable giving to churches and religious organizations fell 2.2% in 2012 (when adjusted for inflation). Meanwhile, every other giving sector except foundations saw donations grow. The decrease is consistent with findings by ECFA. (CT Gleanings 6/21/13)
typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests. (The public school average is the 50th percentile; scores range from 1 to 99.)(NHERI.org)
Cost of a Child
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the average child in the U.S. costs his or her parents about $286,050-before college. (Christianity Today 7/10)
The U.S. Marriage Rate
for 18â€“34 year-olds is at its lowest in over a century, finds a new Demographic Intelligence report. Although, it projects a temporary 4% increase in weddings this year, up from the historically low rate of 6.8 marriages per 1,000 population, which has held since 2009. The predicted growth is to be among women 25â€“34 and college-educated and affluent people. Marriage rates dropped 5% during the recession, falling most among less educated and young women. Even with growth in the young adult population, the rate is predicted to drop again at the end of the decade due to "the ongoing retreat from marriage." In 1970 there were only about a half-million cohabiting couples vs. 7.5 million today. (LifeSite News 6/20/13)
75% of dads make it home for dinner as often as they can, 53% take one to two weeks off from work after the birth of their child, and 61% say they place family before work all or most of the time. Four out of five dads consider themselves involved fathers who do at least half the childcare, and 9 out of 10 say theyâ€™re involved because itâ€™s important to them and they enjoy it. 26% of dads shop for groceries, 71% attend childrenâ€™s activities, 94% play with their children and 63% manage the bath time routine. (Engage Moms 6/14/13)
Preparation for Parenthood
People and Transitions:
A 2012 Barna study found only 22% of youth pastors in Protestant churches intentionally offer their students interaction with healthy families in the church as a major part of their ministry strategy. (CT Her-Meneutics 7/3/13)
- The Kingâ€™s College Board of Trustees has selected Gregory Alan Thornbury as the schoolâ€™s next president.
- 81% of U.S. churchgoers say, "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior."
- 19 out of every 20 U.S. Protestant churches (95%) offer a Sunday school.
- Just one in every 7 senior pastors (15%) considers Sunday school to be their churchâ€™s highest priority.
- 69% of U.S. churches offer VBS today vs. 81% in 2007.
- One of every 5 churches creates their own curriculum for elementary-age Sunday school.
- 41% of Millennials with a Christian background say they desire "a more traditional faith rather than a hip version of Christianity."
- Nearly one-third of Millennials with a Christian background are "more excited about church than any time in my life."
- 71% of U.S. churchgoers agree that God is just and that sin must be punished.
- 82% of U.S. churchgoers believe the Bible is the written Word of God and is totally accurate in all it teaches.
- Approximately 1/3 of U.S. children live in a home without a father present.
- 80% of U.S. gang members come from fatherless homes.
- Of the worldâ€™s 6 billion mobile phones, more than three-quarters are located in the developing world.
- 27 million people are trapped in human trafficking, finds a new U.S. State Department report.
- 67% of tweens would rather receive an electronic device than a toy.
- 42% of tweens are allowed to search the Internet without supervision.
- One-third of the U.S. population accounts for 70% of spending on entertainment.
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,GFosterCns@rmi.net or go towww.GaryDFoster.com .
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Conference Calls & Webinars
MAC - Prayer Evangelism - Intercession for the Harvest
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm CDT
(641)715-3300 / passcode 416432#
MAC Cityreaching Conference Call
August 15, 10:00 a.m. CDT
(712) 432-0075 / passcode 9310472#
Bimonthly Cityreaching Diaspora Initiative Call
July 10, 10 a.m. CDT
National Night Out
Aug. 6, Nationwide
The Global Leadership Summit
Aug. 8-9, Willow Creek in South Barrington, Ill., and Nationwide
Palau Alliance Evangelism Leaders Conference
Aug. 19-21, Portland, Ore.
The Praying Church Conference 2013
Aug.22-23, Cartersville, Ga.
August 23â€“25, Anaheim, Calif.
2013 All Military Laborerâ€™s Conference
Aug. 30- Sept. 2, Toccoa, Ga.
Cry Out America - Patriot Day
Sept. 11, Nationwide
National Back to Church Sunday
Sept. 15, Nationwide
International Orality Network Conference
Sept. 16-19, St. Louis
International Society for Frontier Missiology Conference
Sept. 18-19, Dallas
North American Mission Leaders Conference
Sept. 19-21, Dallas/Fort Worth
NextStep DFW: DFW Perspectives Reunion
Sept. 21, Grapevine, Texas
Global Week of Student Prayer
Sept. 22-28, Worldwide
See You at the Pole
Sept. 25, Worldwide
Harvest America 2013
Sept. 29, Philadelphia and Nationwide
City Advance 2013 Meeting
Oct. 8-9, New York
Oct. 10, New York
Go Equipped! Tentmaking Missions Course
Oct. 15-20, Ft. Myers, Fla.
ENGAGE Missional Life Conference
Oct. 18-19, Oakdale, Calif.
Oasis Conference 2013
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Gravpevine, Texas
The Pacific Northwest Regional CIR
Dec. 2-3, Beaverton, Ore.
Impact Holy Land Conference
Evangelicals for Social Action
13th Ethnic Ministries Summit
Apr. 25-26, 2014, San Francisco Bay Area
Exponential 2014 Church Planters Conference
Apr. 28-May 1, 2014, Orlando, Fla.