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Help For Pastors Leading Church Transformation

Three factors make church transformation possible: pastor, passion, and position. The pastor plays the critical role as the initiating leader of the process; the passion comes from the lay leaders... read more >


Roman Catholic Church Surveys

The Association of Religion Data Archives has data sets for a multitude of studies involving religion. A diverse collection of surveys of the Catholic Church, conducted primarily between 1983 and... read more >


Southern Baptist Convention Church Surveys

This collection of survey data sets is made up of two groups. Four sets of data are the Annual Church Profile for Southern Baptist Convention Churches – Sunday School for... read more >


Miscellaneous National Surveys

Included in an interesting variety of historically important national surveys are the 1975 Carnegie Council National Surveys of Higher Education – Faculty Sample and Graduate Student Sample, with the 1984... read more >


“Cruciform Excellence” in the 21st Century Church

The world changed dramatically in recent decades and, as such, what is expected of clergy and church life also changed. Unfortunately, churches and most clergy have been slow adapters. In... read more >


Provocative Findings on Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century

Surprisingly, only 40 percent of pastors in conservative denominations but 33 percent of pastors in mainline and liberal denominations, identify themselves as evangelical. Two-thirds of clergy preach to a congregation... read more >


First and Second Career Clergy Comparison

Overall, 56 percent of senior or solo pastors are second career clergy. In the Catholic and mainline Protestant denominations most clergy are first career, while in conservative Protestant and historically... read more >


Research your Church Online

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers an extensive list of Web-based resources to help you find information about a church and its denomination, its surrounding secular and religious neighbors,... read more >


Lessons from the Waco Tragedy

Nancy Ammerman, one of the experts consulted by the FBI in the aftermath of the Waco, Texas, Branch Davidian disaster, reviews the culture of the both the Bureau of Alcohol,... read more >


Understand Your Church Better by Observing It

This comprehensive online guide teaches pastors and lay leaders how to use social science observation techniques to understand church dynamics. The four guides help you explore theology, leadership, group structure,... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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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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