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Writings about Church Growth and Decline

Church growth and decline research and reflections are the focus of this collection of scholarly articles, housed on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. This extensive resource... read more >

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Articles that Explore Judicatory Life

This resource provides articles focused on the judicatory level of denominations. The articles are based on research by Adair Lummis of Hartford Institute of Religion Research and address the challenges... read more >

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Resources for Judicatory Research

Judicatories, the regional, district and connectional offices of national denominations are often the most direct connection for the governance and support of local congregations. Different denominational and religious groups have... read more >

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Great Resources for Denominational Research

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers a compilation of congregational research resources. Information is available on many denominations and links are also provided to yearbooks and annual records of... read more >

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Scholars Reflect on Congregational Life

This collection of articles on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research address a variety of issues related to congregational life. Topics include nondenominationalism, church identity, multiracial churches,... read more >

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What Research Shows about Vitality in Mainline Protestantism

Membership decline in mainline Protestant churches began in the mid-1960s and has continued into the present, resulting in a loss of nearly one third of members since 1965. However, conservative... read more >

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Bibliography of Writings in Congregational Studies

This Web resource offers an extensive list of references to scholarly writings on congregations organized around the categories of the book, Studying Congregations: A New Handbook, by Nancy T. Ammerman,... read more >

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Research Methodology Resources

This resource offers a selected list of online resources for basic research. Linked topics include understanding and applying statistics, teaching statistics, resources for conducting research, tutorials in research methods, a... read more >

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U.S. Orthodox Churches in the 21st Century

At the turn of the millennium, traditional Orthodoxy's blend of ethnic and denominational identity has come into conflict with their slow process of assimilation in America. Both American-born ethnic church... read more >

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The Realities of Orthodox Parish Life

This article provides answers to 10 key questions facing the Orthodox community in the 21st century. It addresses several issues, including the extent to which American Orthodox Churches remain ethnically... read more >

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

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How to Help with A Religious Response to Global Warming

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Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

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