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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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America’s Churches Have Changed in a Decade

According to the 2006-07 National Congregations Study there were more megachurches in 2007 than in 1998, but a majority of churches are small with a median of 75 regular participants. ... read more >

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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