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Change in Congregations

It is no longer comfortable at the council meeting. Alex brought a 12-page financial report. “These numbers show that our congregation won’t be in business four years from now,” he... read more >

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Facts about Nondenominational Congregations

Everyone’s impression is that nondenominational churches are on the rise.  Yet we know very little about the phenomenon. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has gathered information about nondenominational congregations... read more >

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Timeless Articles by Carl Dudley

From 1995 to 1999, veteran church consultant Carl Dudley wrote a series of 24 field notes published in "The Christian Ministry" magazine.  These insight-packed columns including “The Layperson’s Eye-view,” “Family... read more >

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Congregational Consultants Listing

Though most consultants charge a fee for services they provide, some of their sites contain free helpful information on congregational dynamics. This list is provided by the Hartford Institute for... read more >

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Writings about Church Growth and Decline

Church growth and decline research and reflections are the focus of this collection of scholarly articles, housed on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. This extensive resource... read more >

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What Research Shows about Vitality in Mainline Protestantism

Membership decline in mainline Protestant churches began in the mid-1960s and has continued into the present, resulting in a loss of nearly one third of members since 1965. However, conservative... read more >

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Missouri Rural Churches Project and the invisibility of rural churches

This project was a longitudinal study of approximately 500 rural churches in Missouri. The same congregations were surveyed in 1952, 1967, 1982, and 1998-99. In addition, six of the 99... read more >

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Treading Online An Act Of Faith

Treading Online An Act Of Faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Promise or peril? An online guidebook gives religious congregations insights into navigating Web 2.0 technologies.

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The Best Way to Raise Funds in Hard Economic Times

In an economic contraction, leaders have an opportunity to ground their membership's understanding of giving in the context of spiritual growth. That is, to focus not on fundraising, but on... read more >

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Strategizing Ministry Maintenance in a Lean Economy

Anticipating that financial gifts would be reduced as a result of the declining U.S. economy, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship developed strategies to manage the expected shortfall. Steps included reducing small... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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