Church leaders must face up to the fact that congregations are increasingly composed of short-term residents. Structures and staffing need to reflect this change, says Rev. Cynthia Weems.
The stats say that women in the workplace "from seminaries to the boardroom" have become the norm, but being a stay-at-home dad is still considered a countercultural act (even in Portland).
In most institutions, there are programs that have been allowed to continue, sapping staff energy and time, without furthering the mission of the organization.
Although it is commonplace today for Christians to create organizations that tackle social problems, that approach was an innovation in the American Protestant church, says one of the nation's top church historians.
David Kinnaman has written an incredibly honest, important work that conveys the monumental changes in a post-Christian culture where the new generation is telling the church, "You lost me."