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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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The Challenge of Vision

While churches say they have lots of ideas and openness to trying new things, less than one third of congregations are actually moving in new directions or experimenting with new... read more >

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Empowering Lay Leaders

There is a direct correlation between churches that do a good job of empowering lay congregational leaders and worshippers' reports of satisfaction with worship services, sense of shared vision, and... read more >

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The Impact of Identity on Church Vitality

This technical paper shows that a church’s sense of “who we are and what we are about” is an important predictor of identity and of higher levels of spiritual vitality,... read more >

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New People – Who They Are, Why They Come

Interesting information about what newcomers and visitors to churches focus upon is addressed in this academic presentation. For example, the primary reason Catholic visitors returned for a second visit was... read more >

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Leadership Success in High Performing Churches

This scholarly paper assesses the impact of transformational leadership on organizational vitality, member behavior and member perception. Results from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey indicate that congregations with (a) an... read more >

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Congregational Leadership and Civic Engagement

How can church leaders tap in to the congregation's talents? Who volunteers and why? Which church members are most likely to best help run the church? Analysis of data from... 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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