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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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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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Conservative Commencement Address 

"Harvard professor Danielle Allen's commence address at Pomona College was among the best at this year's graduations,...

A Sea of iPhones in Churches - Is It A Good Thing?

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry delivered at the royal wedding a few weeks ago drew notice around the world for its...

All Over The World Young People Tend To Be Less Religious

"Recent surveys have found that younger adults are far less likely than older generations to identify with a...

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