It’s gettin’ to be that time. Let me clarify my position on fall. I’m not just an old grouch that complains about everything and I do not hate fall. There are things I like about fall when it actually gets here but if you start talking about hoodies and pumpkin spice in the middle of July I will grouch a little because summer is my favorite. Maybe spring, then summer then fall in that order. Spring and fall are transition seasons. During the springtime the days get longer, the grass and trees come back to life, we start getting ready for baseball, grilling out and opening the pool. In the fall I enjoy hot cocoa, smores, bonfires, sunsets and colorful leaves as much as the next guy. Many of the most popular fall activities are centered around keeping warm. I don’t love hoodies as much as I don’t like being cold. Fall is the transition season from summer, which is the best, into winter. That season doesn’t make my list of top 3 favorites. I would rather mow grass than shovel snow, and wear shorts and sandals than sweaters and parkas. I do all of the autumn things and enjoy it while it lasts; big sucker for a hayride, seriously. But it saddens me to know what’s coming, which is basically an end of all things. At least until April.Continue reading
This article, from May 16, describes how email, blogging and social media are useful to the church. I suggested these are tools, resources, that we cannot afford to ignore in a world that increasing connects this way.
Grey Matter Research and Consulting released this information on May 30, providing many useful stats to support my conclusions, such as:
In the past 30 days:
- 21.5 million adults have visited the website of their own place of worship
- 10.4 million adults regularly attend worship, but visited the website of a place of worship other than their own
- 1.6 million adults do not attend worship services regularly, but visited the website of a place of worship
The numbers are more impressive when viewed over the past 6 months and then the past year. The bottom line: 17 million Americans who do not attend church regularly have visited a church website in the past year. Props to Paul Wilkinson (Thinking Out Loud) and his Link Lists for the insight.
Note: this is an update to a previous entry.