Eleven: During 2011 we did an extensive project that identified 11 trends and innovations in top churches. Topics ranged from “team collaboration” to “community engagement.” Here’s a quick overview of the topics, with free download links to each.
Ten: In sort of a “Top 10” series, we itemize resources released from Leadership Network in 2011. They include new leadership communities and innovation labs, books, concept papers, videos, blogs, and more. See https://leadnet.org/resources/advance/3145.
Nine: During 2011 my Twitter @warrenbird pointed to well over 100 data points helpful to church leaders. Here are 9 from roughly a year ago:
3/15/11: Can a church be sued over social media issue? helpful links, Christianity Today, http://bit.ly/gxlH9c
3/1/11: What is census saying about U.S. future? Surprise: direction is suburban over back to cities, Joel Kotkin in Forbes http://bit.ly/hD2nmo
2/19/11: Church giving fosters generosity: The more you give at church, the more you also donate to other groups http://bit.ly/dGERb2
2/7/11: What's a church's economic worth to its community? Answer: lots! Study tallies 54 different types of contributions http://bit.ly/fsYcle
2/3/11: How underchurched is your state, county or city? US & Canada maps with ratio of population to churches http://bit.ly/grIOs9
1/27/11: US Muslims number 2.6M today, projected 6.2M by 2030. Globally 1/4 of world population, says today's Pew study http://usat.ly/g1mJXT
1/10/11: Excellent interactive tool: find unchurched communities, map your area's religious makeup, run custom reports www.thearda.com/DemographicMap