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Knowing why people worship helps pastors reach them

Why people seek out worship services, what kinds of services people seek, and what people experience in worship, based on the findings of the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey, is... read more >

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Major Challenges of Congregations

Building congregational vitality requires recognizing the key challenges that face most American congregations: gender imbalance, lack of participation in church events beyond worship, limited connections to the wider community, and... read more >

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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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God's Time

"Before I retired, the Lilly Foundation gave Asbury Theological Seminary a grant to enable its retiring graduates to...

Wind Farm Noise Reduction Grant from Lilly Foundation

Commissioner Frey also encouraged people to participate in a survey for Wabash Heartland Innovation Network that has...

Church Goers There For The Theology

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research...

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