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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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Empowering Lay Leaders

There is a direct correlation between churches that do a good job of empowering lay congregational leaders and worshippers' reports of satisfaction with worship services, sense of shared vision, and... read more >

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Leadership Success in High Performing Churches

This scholarly paper assesses the impact of transformational leadership on organizational vitality, member behavior and member perception. Results from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey indicate that congregations with (a) an... read more >

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Congregational Leadership and Civic Engagement

How can church leaders tap in to the congregation's talents? Who volunteers and why? Which church members are most likely to best help run the church? Analysis of data from... read more >

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Impact of Congregational Size on Clergy Experience

This technical paper examines the impact of congregational size on clergy experiences in ministry. Findings show a number of differences in the characteristics of pastors in small congregations (small churches... read more >

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Patterns in Declining Churches

Consider the factors that contribute to low congregational vitality. Analysis of worshipper demographics, size and growth of worship attendance, presence of conflict, and the congregation’s financial situation were not predictive... read more >

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Fundraising Prospects for Theological Schools

This report looks at the special challenges and opportunities that theological schools face in fundraising. Using data from Association of Theological Schools members over the last 20 years, the report... read more >

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Seminary Trustees Report

Based on a 2000 survey of seminary trustees, this report explores their demographic profile, leadership expertise, and history of association with the school they currently serve. In addition, the trustees... read more >

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Outlooks on the Future of Seminary Faculty

Who are the faculty that are training future religious leaders, how do they balance research and teaching, what do they think is most important to teach their students, and will... read more >

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Financial Support of Theological Education

Where do theological schools find financial support when contributions from denominations continue to decline? What contributions can these schools expect from increased tuition and individual donors? How can schools avoid... read more >

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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