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Clergy Salaries: Market and Mission

Historically, clergy salaries have ranged anywhere from the clergy and laity shared all resources, to where clergy were land-holding nobility. Today the market-driven professional model predominates. This Methodist clergy salary... read more >

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Congregational Life in the Developing World

One hundred years ago, 80 percent of Christians were either Europeans or North Americans. Today, they make up only 40 percent, with the remaining 60 percent coming from Asia, Africa... read more >

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Promoting Vitality with Community Involvement

Congregations with the greatest sense of connectedness to the surrounding community are also places where worshippers feel a strong sense of belonging and feel empowered to become leaders. Learn more... read more >

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The Positive Role of Children on Vitality

Congregations strong in caring for children and youth turn out to be places where adult worshippers report a common enlivening vision for the future, spiritual growth, and increasing numbers. Read... read more >

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The Challenge of Belonging

Most people think their congregation is warm and friendly. However, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, in the average congregation, only 19 percent say that most of their closest... read more >

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What Promotes Spiritual Growth

Certain factors related to worship experiences, participation in Bible study, community involvement, and time in personal prayer contribute to the self-reported spiritual growth of worshippers. Other factors have no effect.... read more >

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Characteristics of New Worshippers

Thirty-four percent of worship attendees have been in their current worship community fewer than six years, which points to a high worship turnover rate. Learn more about new worshippers, their... read more >

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Who Visits Congregations

At a typical worship service, 2 percent of worshippers are first time attendees. First timers are remarkably similar to regular attendees in many ways. However, key differences emerge. The majority... read more >

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Building Congregational Vitality

Congregational vitality rests on four key elements: nurturing spiritual growth, involving worshippers in the congregation in many ways, community outreach and service, and understanding who your worshippers are and what... read more >

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Survey Your Congregation

Build from your church’s strengths. Let your congregation take the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. You'll receive expert analysis of your worshipper's responses and get several reports with video resources to... read more >

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