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Provocative Findings on Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century

Surprisingly, only 40 percent of pastors in conservative denominations but 33 percent of pastors in mainline and liberal denominations, identify themselves as evangelical. Two-thirds of clergy preach to a congregation... read more >

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First and Second Career Clergy Comparison

Overall, 56 percent of senior or solo pastors are second career clergy. In the Catholic and mainline Protestant denominations most clergy are first career, while in conservative Protestant and historically... read more >

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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency... read more >

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Faith-Based Initiatives – the Impact on Churches

The 1996 reform to the federal welfare program included a provision allowing faith communities to compete for federal social service dollars. Using comparative data from the National Congregations Study, this... read more >

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Can Congregations Provide Enough Social Service?

In 1998 the average church had $1,000 in savings and just 11 percent had a one-year financial cushion. Between 1965 and 1994, the percentage of Americans regularly attending worship dropped... read more >

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America’s Churches Have Changed in a Decade

According to the 2006-07 National Congregations Study there were more megachurches in 2007 than in 1998, but a majority of churches are small with a median of 75 regular participants. ... read more >

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Scholarly Articles about Congregational Life

This resource has many scholarly writings interpreting the results of the National Congregations Study (NCS). The NCS was the first nationally representative survey of U.S. congregations and examined the work,... read more >

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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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Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

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