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Tithing: Why People Give

Most academic and church-based conversations about faith and money focus on the needs of churches and the work they do to meet budgets. These top-down concerns do not excite the... read more >

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Mainline Protestant Congregations: A Challenge

Most congregations see their core tasks as worship, religious education, and fellowship. However, mainline Protestant churches and Catholics do not make the organizational investment in supporting these tasks that African... read more >

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Why Teens Choose Church

It used to be that when children were raised in a faith tradition they grew into its wisdom as they matured. Now, many teens choose their religion. And they do... read more >

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Thinking Theologically about Faith and Wealth

Protestant and Catholic churches are experiencing a financial crisis. While people support programs that touch lives, many members have doubts about how money and spirituality intersect. Church leaders often feed... read more >

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Philanthropy in the Black Church

Members of historically Black churches who give generously to their congregation rank spiritual support for their everyday lives as the most important thing they want from their church. Surprisingly, social... read more >

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Characteristics of New Worshippers

Thirty-four percent of worship attendees have been in their current worship community fewer than six years, which points to a high worship turnover rate. Learn more about new worshippers, their... read more >

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Building Congregational Vitality

Congregational vitality rests on four key elements: nurturing spiritual growth, involving worshippers in the congregation in many ways, community outreach and service, and understanding who your worshippers are and what... read more >

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Survey Your Congregation

Build from your church’s strengths. Let your congregation take the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. You'll receive expert analysis of your worshipper's responses and get several reports with video resources to... read more >

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The Challenge of Vision

While churches say they have lots of ideas and openness to trying new things, less than one third of congregations are actually moving in new directions or experimenting with new... read more >

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Accessibility in Worship: Welcoming Everyone

Research from the National Organization of Disability suggests that people with disabilities are very likely to say their faith is important to them, but are more likely to not attend... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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