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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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New People – Who They Are, Why They Come

Interesting information about what newcomers and visitors to churches focus upon is addressed in this academic presentation. For example, the primary reason Catholic visitors returned for a second visit was... 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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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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Serving its Community Transformed a Dwindling Church

"Trinity’s building is surrounded by the bleaker symbols of urban life, including graffiti-covered billboards, a...

Caring for Creation

"Whether it is Wendell Berry, Michael Polan, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pope Francis, Prince Charles, Mondragon or...

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