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Uncover Facts about America’s Churches For Yourself

What percent of U.S. congregations forbade alcohol use in 1998? Answer: 43.1 percent. What percent of churches reported no endowment funds in 1998? Answer: 47 percent. What percent of churches... read more >

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Christian Worship Instructional Videos

This resource has an extensive list of videos that can help teach about and demonstrate aspects of Christian theology and worship practice. Some of the topics available include: Africa worship... read more >

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Research your Church Online

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers an extensive list of Web-based resources to help you find information about a church and its denomination, its surrounding secular and religious neighbors,... read more >

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Church growth studies show trends in worship numbers

This resource provides links to three recent scholarly national studies that focus on church growth and decline. The Faith Communities Today study is the largest survey of congregations ever conducted in... read more >

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Church and Denominational Growth

This is the best book that discusses the research on church growth. This resource is the entire 1993 out-of-print book edited by David Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway.  It reviewed... read more >

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Religious trends revealed through faith opinion polls

A set of 23 news organization polls conducted between 1979 and 2005 shows religious trends. For example, five related Gallup polls surveyed self-identified Catholics on a series of topics including... read more >

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Knowing why people worship helps pastors reach them

Why people seek out worship services, what kinds of services people seek, and what people experience in worship, based on the findings of the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey, is... read more >

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Major Challenges of Congregations

Building congregational vitality requires recognizing the key challenges that face most American congregations: gender imbalance, lack of participation in church events beyond worship, limited connections to the wider community, and... read more >

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Religion Glossary

An authoritative guide for writers and seekers interested in properly understanding religious traditions and terms, this stylebook for journalists benefits from extensive research and consultation with other authorities to assure... read more >

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The State of Churches: 2008

The Faith Communities Today 2008 survey is the third national research effort to evaluate the state of congregational life in the U.S.  This research included a random sample of churches... read more >

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Support for Rural Pastors

Grove City College received a nearly $1 million grant to help establish the Project on Rural Ministry. It’s an outreach...

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

Relationship Across Rupture

On Being with Sally Kohn & Erick Erickson, “Relationship Across Rupture”Two lightning-rod figures on...

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