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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

Teenage Religiosity: Widely Practiced, Poorly Understood Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

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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Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs

“Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs,”  by Faith Communities Today, offers a comparative look at the beliefs and practices of Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations across the United States.

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Congregations and Social Service

Whatever one’s perspective on the federal government's faith-based initiative, one thing is clear: Religious congregations do make a difference in people’s lives.

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The Changing Nature of Worship

A church in Illinois streams video of a sermon from the home church miles away and displays it on a large screen.  A church in California offers half a dozen “video cafes,” each featuring different types of worship music to correspond to the different tastes of its participants. These are just a few of the changes taking place as U.S. congregations grapple with new technologies and contemporary idioms in worship.

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Churches using the Internet to their advantage

Churches using the Internet to their advantage Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Christianity

That Americans have embraced the Internet is no longer news. Several polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center show that 73 percent of Americans use the Internet, and 60 percent of those have high-speed connections.

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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...

$2 Miilion for Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has received a grant of $2 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s...

Answering A Call For Help

Anyone who belongs to a large, extended family network that includes people living in poverty knows about that phone...

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