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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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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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Creating Vital Churches

Vital churches need seminaries to prepare apostolic leaders for mission to a multicultural world; vital seminaries need congregations that practice the discernment of leadership gifts among members, according to David... read more >

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Change in Congregations

It is no longer comfortable at the council meeting. Alex brought a 12-page financial report. “These numbers show that our congregation won’t be in business four years from now,” he... read more >

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Denominational Research Reports

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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The State of Religious Life in the 2000s

The Faith Communities Today (FACT) study, conducted throughout the 2000s cooperatively by official representatives of 41 American denominations and faith groups, shows that a majority of faith communities are vital... read more >

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Churches Using The Internet To Their Advantage

Churches Using The Internet To Their Advantage Girl on a Bed with Computer Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News GettyImages 56383215

That Americans have embraced the Internet is no longer news. Several polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center show that 73 percent of Americans use the Internet, and 60 percent of those have high-speed connections.

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Christian education programs vital to congregational health

Christian education programs vital to congregational health Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation

Some churches are seeing a consumer mentality when it comes to religious education. The trend highlights the importance of preparing Christian educators for the future.

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Denominational Decline Related To Birthrates, Societal Changes

Denominational Decline Related To Birthrates, Societal Changes Lilly Foundation Insights Into Religion News Hartford Seminary

Sociologists have tried to explain the decline of mainline denominations in a variety of ways. The truth is a little more complicated, says one prominent sociologist who has studied the data.

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Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share W. Sibley Towner's Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart

Study of the Torah   O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — for generations now, our ancestors in the faith have...

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One of the most important test cases of religious and political nationalism is unfolding in India, where a political...

Anglican Archbishop’s Lenten prayer book Written by a Catholic Priest

For those that have followed the close collaboration and friendship between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury...

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