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Why Churches Grow: Myths and Realities

Most of the assumptions about why some churches grow and others fail to thrive are wrong. “Myths and Facts about Evangelism and Church Growth” corrects the record on a variety... read more >

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Myths About Church Location

Several common assumptions about congregational context were dispelled by the data collected through the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey, which provides information about the myths and facts, along with resources... read more >

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How Local Population Dynamics Affect Growth

Contrary to common assumption, a congregation’s growth is not directly linked to being located in a growing community. In fact, 59 percent of plateaued or declining congregations are located in... read more >

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How Region Affects Recruitment

New worshippers fall into four categories: first timers, returnees, switchers, and transfers. Where your church is located determines which categories are most likely to be drawn to your church. Read... read more >

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Characteristics of U.S. Congregations

See how congregations from your religious tradition fit within the mosaic of U.S. faith communities on a variety of subjects, including facilities, denominational affiliation, religious education, use of technology, political... read more >

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Myths About Church Size

In general, churches averaging fewer than 100 people in worship perform better on four of 10 indicators of congregational strength than do churches with more than 350 attending. And three... read more >

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Small Church Strengths

Small churches tend to doubt their value because of their financial difficulties and limited human capital. However, research reveals that small churches outperform larger churches on a variety of measures... read more >

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Church Growth: Which Congregational Strengths Make a Difference?

Surprisingly, some key congregational strengths lead to numerical growth while others may inhibit it. For example, churches whose members say they are growing spiritually are less likely to grow numerically.... read more >

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How Faith Tradition Changes Church Vitality

Within the Christian universe, faith traditions and denominations significantly influence a congregation’s scores on nine out of 10 measures of congregational strength. Learn where your denomination’s strengths and challenges are... read more >

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Worshippers' Ages and Church Vitality

The average age of a congregation’s worshippers has a profound effect on the congregation’s priorities. As the average age in congregations increases, the likelihood they will reflect many of the... read more >

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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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