Missional churches need to keep an eye on demographics. Changing population trends are one indicator of possible new ministry opportunities. For example, Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley in their new book, The Metropolitan Revolution, note that society is now clustering in new ways. Now two-parent nuclear families account for only a fifth of all households. The young, the old and the single make up a huge slice of the population, and they flock to density. According to Robert Puentes, the share of young people with driver’s licenses is plummeting. Public transit ridership rose by 32.3% between 1995 and 2011. And economic changes also reinforce regional concentration.
So what does this mean for churches who have largely seen their primary constituency as nuclear suburban families? Who is focusing on the other four-fifths? What will churches look like who reach out to these changing population demographics?