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American National Election Studies: Cumulative Data

This database, offered by the Association of Religion Data Archives, is a merged single data file made up of questions that were asked in three or more of the bi-annual... read more >

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General Social Surveys

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted since 1972 by the National Opinion Research Center. Each survey has replicated questionnaire items and wording in order to get high-quality time-trend... read more >

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Religious Adherence Data Archives

The Association of Religion Data Archives website is a collection of the data from hundreds of surveys, polls, and other information submitted by researchers for archiving and public access. You... read more >

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Membership in U.S. Congregations by State

The Association of Religion Data Archives provides religion information based on studies and research over the last several decades. Data includes a state-by-state breakdown of membership in each of the... read more >

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Membership in U.S. Congregations

In 2000, there were fewer than 40 million evangelical Protestants in the U.S., more than 26 million mainline Protestants, 62 million Catholics, and fewer than 1 million Orthodox Christians; another... read more >

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Help for new pastors entering ministry

The Lilly Endowment supported a multi-denominational program to bring clergy, churches, schools and students into a coordinated mentoring program to help new clergy transition into full-time ministry.  In the article, "Transition... read more >

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The Hierarchy of Holiness

The contemporary Western world has difficulty thinking well of hierarchy, but in the Eastern Orthodox Church hierarchy has maintained a sense of divinity. The Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky thought... read more >

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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency... read more >

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Faith-Based Initiatives – the Impact on Churches

The 1996 reform to the federal welfare program included a provision allowing faith communities to compete for federal social service dollars. Using comparative data from the National Congregations Study, this... read more >

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Can Congregations Provide Enough Social Service?

In 1998 the average church had $1,000 in savings and just 11 percent had a one-year financial cushion. Between 1965 and 1994, the percentage of Americans regularly attending worship dropped... 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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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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