8) Barna is At it Again: The State of the Bible 2019

These Barna guys. They just won’t stop raising pesky, troublesome topics that haunt us, and nag us, and wake us up to trends that are as disturbing as they are motivating. The latest? When they go meddling with our Bible-reading, now they’re writing about something personal. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Compared with similar studies that they’ve done over the past 3 years, they found that in 2019, fewer Americans are disengaged with the Bible (which at first seems like a good thing), but at the same time, fewer US of Americans are Bible-centered. And Way fewer Americans *use* the Bible. And one of the spin-off issues is — they also found that when fewer Americans use the Bible, fewer people do anything about their beliefs — like, tell others or give offerings to agencies – like yours. So if we want to keep all these orgs and churches afloat (and, minor details like — help people get to Heaven and escape eternal fire?), we’d better find a way to get people back into the Bible. Eh?

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(Thanks for drawing our attention to this, Debra!)

14) The BackPage: Top Trends in 2012; Your Forecast for 2013

It’s that time of year again… the time of year when so many of us begin reflecting on the past year and pondering on the year to come. So I’m curious about your take on 2012. What were the top trends you saw. For example, did you see more or less interest in…

*** CHE
*** TESL
*** Rise in interest in Bible Translation?
*** Rise in interest in Orality (and oral Bible translations)
*** Unreached Peoples
*** Church Growth (the science)
*** Church Growth (the practical result)
*** Sending missionaries from your homeland (specify your homeland)
*** Sponsoring nationals from another country (specify which)
*** Denominational mission boards or interdenominational boards
*** Collaboration and partnership
*** Short-term missions
*** Rise of Global South involvement in missions (we used to say “Two-thirds world” and before that, we would say “Developing World”)
*** Urbanization
*** Others?

What trends did you see in which topics? I’ll share some of my own takes in these areas, and if you share yours in the Comments (below the web version of this item), I’ll share your views too. Remember, be careful with sensitive lands and don’t mention people at risk. Thanks in advance for your participation.

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