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Religion in America: Research Resources

Anyone interested in accurate information about religion in America will appreciate this extensive online list of links to research, advocacy, and informational centers and institutes. Intended to help religion news... read more >

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What Teens Believe

Today’s American teens have a generally positive attitude toward religion, but the general public has a distorted perception of teenagers and their faith interests. Discover the difference. Read the interview... read more >

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Religion and Teen Self-esteem

High school seniors who attend religious services are significantly more likely to have a positive self-attitude than those who don’t, regardless of how infrequently they attend, and independent of their... read more >

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Creating Vital Churches

Vital churches need seminaries to prepare apostolic leaders for mission to a multicultural world; vital seminaries need congregations that practice the discernment of leadership gifts among members, according to David... read more >

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Educational Debt of Theological Students: The Gathering Storm

A majority of students now carry educational debt and they are borrowing larger amounts than in the past. As a result, many theological school graduates report that their level of... read more >

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Improve Judicatory Support for Churches

Middle judicatories need to become missionaries to their shrinking congregations to help local churches reverse their declines. This excerpt from Transforming Regional Bodies identifies effective, proven strategies that middle judicatories... read more >

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Create a Powerful Web Presence

Effective use of the Internet establishes your community’s identity and values, communicates to the public a coherent message about your congregation and its mission, permits visitors to discover why and... read more >

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Denominational Research Reports 2000

Many denominations participated in the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000 and 2005 surveys. This page provides some individual reports and press releases of findings from several of these denominations. Find... read more >

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The State of Religious Life in the 2000s

The Faith Communities Today (FACT) study, conducted throughout the 2000s cooperatively by official representatives of 41 American denominations and faith groups, shows that a majority of faith communities are vital... read more >

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Teenage religiosity: Widely practiced, poorly understood

Prevailing culture often casts teenagers as alienated from religion, if not downright hostile to it. To believe some movie depictions, teenagers are rebellious Pagans-in-the-making, more interested in witchcraft than mission trips. But a four-year national study of youth and religion arrives at a different conclusion.  The study, which included interviews with more than 3,000 U.S. teenagers, finds that a majority of today’s young people see religion as a positive influence on their lives and the lives of their community. Moreover, they have no desire to cast off the faith of their upbringing.

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Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy introduces the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), which is...

Lilly Endowment awards $10 million grant to ATS

The New Century Fund will establish an endow- ment and support ATS programma c ini a- ves designed to help...

On Being Studio launches new podcast

The On Being studios has launched a new podcast, "Being Wise." The show, hosted by Krista Tippett, is described as an "...

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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