In the U.S. Congregations spotlight  

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Places of Promise:  Finding Strength in Your Congregation's Location

Learn about the role location plays in determining congregational strengths and numerical growth.  (January 2008.)
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eyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations

Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations

An intricate look at vitality and health in congregations. Details ten strengths key to vital congregations. [Learn more]


Gods Potters by Jackson Carroll

God’s Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations

Takes a hard look at who is doing what in ministry today and provides specific strategies for strengthening pastoral leadership. [Learn more]  


A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's Going Where and Why

A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's Going Where and Why

The first comprehensive portrait of congregational life in the United States. based on the results of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey of more than 2,000 congregations and over 300,000 worshipers from across many denominations. [Learn more]


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The U.S. Congregational Life Survey

A National and International Study of Congregations

The U.S. Congregational Life Survey is the largest and most representative profile of worshipers and their congregations ever developed in the United States.

The Survey:

  • examines congregational vitality to help congregations renew and enrich their mission, and
  • describes the American religious landscape in the new millennium based on input from over 300,000 worshipers in more than 2,000 congregations across the United States.
  • provides your congregation with the opportunity to learn about your unique strengths.

Church Growth Resources


U.S. Congregations Resources

  • Why do people attend worship? What are they looking for?
  • How are worshipers involved in the community?
  • Do worshipers' friends also attend worship services somewhere?
Publications of general interest.

Who Worships in Presbyterian Congregations?


"Larger percentages of PC(USA) worshipers are involved in small group activities in their congregations and in community outreach activities."

Learn what over 50,000 worshipers in 523 Presbyterian congregations have to say. "A Field Guide to Presbyterian Congregations" tells their story.

Copies of "A Field Guide to Presbyterian Congregations" are available for $7.50/each from the Research Services office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Call 1-888-728-7228 ext. 2040 to order.

"Worshipers in PC(USA) congregations that are growing are more likely to experience God's presence in worship."

Learn more about how Fast-growing Presbyterian Churches PDF icon compare to others in the denomination.


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