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Christian Hospitality

The challenge of hospitality is the challenge to reflect Christ in the welcoming of strangers, in creating authentic relationships with people unlike us, and in being re-created through the process... 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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Who Worships Regularly

There are some key differences between regular (weekly) worship attendees and occasional (less than every week) attendees, as well as a few surprising similarities. Read commentary on the findings from... 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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Who Worships in the U. S.

The average worshipper is more likely to have a college degree, is more likely to be a good neighbor, and is more likely to vote than the average person in... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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