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Congregational Life Assessment Resources

Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers three free self-assessment inventories, which assess member perspectives on church programs and clergy needs. The responses of the 11,386 respondents in 84 congregations who used these surveys in a 27-month period between 2004 and 2006 were collated into a report that can be used as a comparison for congregations that employ the inventories (see multiple links below). It is also useful for church leaders and judicatory personnel as a snapshot of the interests, concerns and needs of contemporary church members.

Survey process and results

Comparison report

Additional comparative data from three national surveys

Organizing Religious Work Study 

U.S. Congregational Life Survey

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