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Church growth studies show trends in worship numbers

This resource provides links to three recent scholarly national studies that focus on church growth and decline. The Faith Communities Today study is the largest survey of congregations ever conducted in... read more >

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Encouraging Judicatory Self-Transformation

Caught in the middle of changes in how judicatories and congregations understand their relationship, middle judicatories increasingly have to transform themselves from enforcers of denominational policies into providers of congregational... read more >

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How Dialogue Transforms Conflict: Respectfully Disagreeing

For the Public Conversations Project, the American Public Media program On Being presents activists from two embattled sides who find their way to the same table following a public tragedy.... read more >

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Religion and the Internet

The Wabash Center, which supports teachers of religion and theology in higher education through meetings and workshops, grants, consultants, a journal and other resources, offers this set of articles and... read more >

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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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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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