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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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Church Growth Resources

Whether you are looking for vetted information on evangelism and church growth or worshiper characteristics and behaviors this list of books and Web-housed resources will help. Based on the findings... read more >

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What Growing Churches Do

Effective, growing churches exercise similar strategies in the areas of recruitment and integration of new worshippers, worship style, worshipper’s spiritual growth, and envisioning the future, according to the U.S. Congregational... read more >

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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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Worship Services and Sermons

Approximately 50 percent of Catholic homilies last 10 minutes or less, but conservative Protestant sermons are rarely less than 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, which provides... 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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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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