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Worship Services and Sermons

Approximately 50 percent of Catholic homilies last 10 minutes or less, but conservative Protestant sermons are rarely less than 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, which provides... read more >

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Characteristics of U.S. Congregations

See how congregations from your religious tradition fit within the mosaic of U.S. faith communities on a variety of subjects, including facilities, denominational affiliation, religious education, use of technology, political... read more >

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Myths About Church Size

In general, churches averaging fewer than 100 people in worship perform better on four of 10 indicators of congregational strength than do churches with more than 350 attending. And three... read more >

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Small Church Strengths

Small churches tend to doubt their value because of their financial difficulties and limited human capital. However, research reveals that small churches outperform larger churches on a variety of measures... read more >

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Church Growth: Which Congregational Strengths Make a Difference?

Surprisingly, some key congregational strengths lead to numerical growth while others may inhibit it. For example, churches whose members say they are growing spiritually are less likely to grow numerically.... read more >

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How Faith Tradition Changes Church Vitality

Within the Christian universe, faith traditions and denominations significantly influence a congregation’s scores on nine out of 10 measures of congregational strength. Learn where your denomination’s strengths and challenges are... read more >

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Worshippers' Ages and Church Vitality

The average age of a congregation’s worshippers has a profound effect on the congregation’s priorities. As the average age in congregations increases, the likelihood they will reflect many of the... 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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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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The Impact of Identity on Church Vitality

This technical paper shows that a church’s sense of “who we are and what we are about” is an important predictor of identity and of higher levels of spiritual vitality,... read more >

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What Brings You Happiness?

At Harvard Business Review, why the pursuit of money isn't bringing you joy -- and what will. [Read more]. "If there...

Communion Wafers: The Fine Art of Faith and Breadmaking

"The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, or simply Carmelites, is a Roman Catholic...

Indiana Media Expands with Lily Foundation Help

WFYI Public Media and the eight other Indiana Public Broadcasting stations that make up IPB News will soon be hiring...

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