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Research Methodology Resources

This resource offers a selected list of online resources for basic research. Linked topics include understanding and applying statistics, teaching statistics, resources for conducting research, tutorials in research methods, a... read more >


Question Bank for Congregational Surveys

This web page on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers a compilation of questions used by professional surveyors to gather information from congregations. Questions cover both... read more >


What Clergy Do All Week

What Clergy Do All Week Pastor Clergy Minister Christian Collar Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Many church members might think the life of the pastor is spent preparing for that one-hour Sunday worship. A survey of Roman Catholic and Protestant pastors shows they do a lot more.


A Reflection on the State of Pastoral Leadership

A Reflection on the State of Pastoral Leadership Pastor Preaching Minister Clergy  Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

When Jackson Carroll began “Pulpit & Pew,” his large research project on pastoral leadership, he considered pastors a “troubled profession,” and braced himself for what his investigation might reveal. But five years of study, including a major national telephone survey and 23 focus groups across the country, convinced Carroll his gloomy forecast didn’t stand up.


Variations in How Pastors Practice Leadership

Some 30 percent of female clergy see themselves as agents of empowerment whose role is to encourage their lay leaders to make and implement decisions for the church. Only 8... read more >


Finding Friendship in Ministry

In a 2001 study of clergy only 32 percent said they had never felt lonely or isolated. The sense of loneliness and isolation was identified as the single greatest predictor... read more >


Male Clergy in Economic Crisis

Although ministers may like to think of themselves as members of the professional middle class, they are hanging on to that status by their fingernails. Male clergy especially are pursuing... 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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