Facts and Trends Snapshot, Winter 2013

Expanding on their name, the Facts and Trends staff is providing a snapshot of current issues, cultural and spiritual beliefs, and church trends. It’s also a report of what churches are doing to connect with their communities.

This quarterly download is filled with bite-sized content you can read in a few seconds – and chew on for a few days.

Facts and Trends is a quarterly publication designed to assist pastors, church staff, and leaders in their ministry roles by informing them of resources and current issues in Christian ministry.

Carol Pipes is the Editorial Manager of Facts and Trends.

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Facts and Trends

Facts and Trends

Facts and Trends is published quarterly by LifeWay Christian Resources. Their goal is to help pastors, staff, and church leaders carry out their ministry more effectively. Carol Pipes is the Editorial Manager of F&T.

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What happens when u dont have a meeting place any more. And u was forced out because the buliding wasnt available any more.
 
— Debra
 
If someone wants entertainment they're going to the wrong place. Church is not a place for entertainment...or in my opinion a barrage of coffee and donuts. Why are churches today bringing the world INTO them? Then there's the thing with children...age appropriate??? These little guys can pick stuff up in service. Besides Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 19:14.
 
— Laurie
 
I love the intentionality here as well as the challenge to look at the data. That's missing so many times. I would like to offer a contrarian's take. Church members and regular attenders have so many ways to get information: Announcements, bulletins, social channels, relationships, and email being among the options. But brand new people are likely going to check out the website and that's it. It might be wiser for churches with limited time and resources to focus their website almost exclusively to guests. This group of people isn't looking for a calendar of events but wants to know about regular programs. They probably aren't interested in watching all of the messages but instead may want to preview one of the services. For the times we need church members to go to websites (sign up for camp, join a group, etc), we're probably better off designing and promoting a specific page rather than cluttering up the homepage.
 
— Michael Lukaszewski (@mlukaszewski)
 

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