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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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American Baptist Congregations: 2000

The American Baptist Church in America participated in the Faith Communities Today 2000 interfaith survey of 14,300 American faith communities. American Baptist congregations were surveyed with questions tailored to produce... read more >

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Denominational Research Reports 2000

Many denominations participated in the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000 and 2005 surveys. This page provides some individual reports and press releases of findings from several of these denominations. Find... read more >

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Resources for Congregational Life and Religious Research

Faith Communities Today offers a handy list of links to websites that contain excellent resources for congregational studies and religious research, selected and maintained by the organization's interfaith and interdenominational... read more >

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

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...

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