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Faith 20/20 Formation Scenarios

by staff, July 5, 2010

What will Christian faith formation in churches look like in 2020? Can we begin now to envision the shape of faith formation in the year 2020? Can we prepare our churches for the future of faith formation? This new decade will demand new thinking and new models, practices, resources, and […]

Organized Religion’s ‘Management Problem’

by Dr Gary Hamel, Nov 9, 2009

‘What’s wrong with organized religion?’ That’s the question that the dean of strategic management, Gary Hamel, put to America’s largest churches. Claiming that religion needs a management reboot, his hypothesis was that the problem with organized religion isn’t that it’s too religious, but that it’s too organized.

Hamel […]

An Evangelical Manifesto?

by Jay Gary, May 10, 2008

When you hear the term “Evangelical” today, what comes to mind? Do you think of this stream of Christians as faithful, caring and biblical, or do you consider them as hypocritical, legalistic, judgmental, anti-intellectual, negative, and out to impose their views on others? A group of Evangelical scholars in […]

The Last TV Evangelist

by Phil Cooke, Feb 16, 2009

An Insider’s Look At the World of Religious Media…and What’s Coming Next! Religious radio and TV has built massive networks, launched global organizations,and generated billions of dollars in donations. It has allowed Christianity to reach more people in this century alone than the rest of history combined. But that […]

World Christian Database Opens

The World Christian Database provides comprehensive statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and people groups.

Extensive data are available on 9,000 Christian denominations, 13,000 ethnolinguistic peoples, as well as data on 5,000 cities, 3,000 provinces and 239 countries.

Click here for more information.

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Does the Future Have a Church?

Nov. 2, 2002

Futurist Tom Sine hosted the first Mustard Seed Associates conference January 17-18, 2003, in Seattle, for those looking for the creative edge of what God is doing. [ Visit Link ]

Vulnerable Mission: You Mean What?

by Jay Gary, Oct 18, 2007

‘You mean what?’ I asked over breakfast, as Jim Harries explained the principles of Vulnerable Mission. ‘I agree with the principle of local language, but why should Western missionaries avoid using outside money to sustain ministry activities?’ Here are some reflections I have on this emphasis, in connection to […]

Mike O’Rear: A Tribute to a Good Friend

by Jay Gary, PhD, Jan. 16, 2012

Mike O’Rear, 1954-2012, Friend of Many

This past week Mike O’Rear, president of GMI, Global Mapping International, Colorado Springs, died suddenly of a heart attack. He was 57 years old. See company news release.

Mike was my friend for nearly three decades. Our wives first met over […]

Chastised Evangelicals End Broadcaster’s Convention

by Bill Bray, Feb 11, 2009

Sober and pensive, the leaders of America’s evangelical broadcasting elite ended five days of penance and soul-searching tonight (Feb 10th) at their huge annual convention held in Nashville, Tennessee. Although several speakers built a strong case for a return to the traditional focus on the gospel, it was obvious […]