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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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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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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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