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Congregational Life in the Developing World

One hundred years ago, 80 percent of Christians were either Europeans or North Americans. Today, they make up only 40 percent, with the remaining 60 percent coming from Asia, Africa... read more >


Singing as a Christian Practice

There is something about human beings that needs to make music. Much is shared in the act of singing that goes beyond the words and melody alone. What and how... read more >


The Challenge of Belonging

Most people think their congregation is warm and friendly. However, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, in the average congregation, only 19 percent say that most of their closest... read more >


What Promotes Spiritual Growth

Certain factors related to worship experiences, participation in Bible study, community involvement, and time in personal prayer contribute to the self-reported spiritual growth of worshippers. Other factors have no effect.... read more >


Characteristics of New Worshippers

Thirty-four percent of worship attendees have been in their current worship community fewer than six years, which points to a high worship turnover rate. Learn more about new worshippers, their... read more >


Who Visits Congregations

At a typical worship service, 2 percent of worshippers are first time attendees. First timers are remarkably similar to regular attendees in many ways. However, key differences emerge. The majority... read more >


Who Worships Regularly

There are some key differences between regular (weekly) worship attendees and occasional (less than every week) attendees, as well as a few surprising similarities. Read commentary on the findings from... read more >


Building Congregational Vitality

Congregational vitality rests on four key elements: nurturing spiritual growth, involving worshippers in the congregation in many ways, community outreach and service, and understanding who your worshippers are and what... read more >


Who Worships in the U. S.

The average worshipper is more likely to have a college degree, is more likely to be a good neighbor, and is more likely to vote than the average person in... read more >


Worship Services and Sermons

Approximately 50 percent of Catholic homilies last 10 minutes or less, but conservative Protestant sermons are rarely less than 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, which provides... read more >





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