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The Philadelphia Story: A Religious Census

Because little is known about the life of congregations in any given urban setting, this 1999 project sought to create a census all of the faith communities in urban Philadelphia.... read more >

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Missouri Rural Churches Project and the invisibility of rural churches

This project was a longitudinal study of approximately 500 rural churches in Missouri. The same congregations were surveyed in 1952, 1967, 1982, and 1998-99. In addition, six of the 99... read more >

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Findings from the National Congregations Study Project

The NCS project was conducted in two waves. The first survey took place in 1998, and the second was conducted in 2006-07. These two surveys made it possible to answer... read more >

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Hearing the Call: Vocational Reflection Gets Renewed Attention

Nevell Owens remembers when he first felt called to pursue a doctorate in theology. He was working as a criminal prosecutor when he looked into the eyes of a 13-year-old boy accused of murder. He saw that they were empty, and he wanted to know: Where was God in the life of this boy?

“I knew the boy’s mother was active in church,” Owens says. “I wanted to know, why isn’t the minister here? Why aren’t members of the church here?”

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Summaries of Major Congregational Research

The study of congregations has become the primary focus of many sociologists studying religion over the past decade. This Web page provides information on 19 projects, some across multiple years.... read more >

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A Look at the Health of Theological Education

Faculty members at theological schools are highly satisfied with their jobs. They are bidding higher for a select group of students. But those students are incurring far more educational debt than in the past. Those are among the conclusions of three studies. The studies, which were completed before the economic downturn,  update conclusions drawn 10 years ago on the subjects of theological faculty, seminary financing and student debt. They contain much good news and much that will require further conversation and closer study.

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Social Outreach Across US Orthodox Church Jurisdictions

Eastern Orthodox Church jurisdictions provide varying degrees of regular assistance to new immigrants and to non-religious social programs and institutions. In a helpful table, researcher Alexei D. Krindatch compares the... read more >

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Institutional Infrastructure of U.S. Orthodox Churches

This table draws on research data to provide an at-a-glance comparison of six indicators of infrastructural development among the Orthodox jurisdictions in North America. Developed by researcher Alexei D. Krindatch... read more >

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Integration of Orthodox Churches in American Society

A major challenge facing the Eastern Orthodox Churches in the U.S. is integrating with the general North American society. Researcher Alexei D. Krindatch categorizes the Orthodox Churches by six measures... read more >

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Origins, Growth, and Developmental Trends in U.S. Orthodoxy

In this table, researcher Alexei D. Krindatch of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute categorizes the North American Eastern Orthodox Churches by jurisdiction, years in which historic parishes were founded, year... read more >

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Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

“We all have deep stories, whatever our politics, but we’re not fully aware of them. They’re dreamlike and are told...

Support for Rural Pastors

Grove City College received a nearly $1 million grant to help establish the Project on Rural Ministry. It’s an outreach...

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

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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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