Research, Resources, and Results
|Congregational Life Survey
Resources for Congregations
|U.S. Congregational Life Survey|
Myths and Facts About Evangelism and Church Growth -- What have we learned from fast-growing churches that participated in the survey? New!
Powerpoint presentation to accompany Myths and Facts About Evangelism and Church Growth (in Adobe pdf) New!
Powerpoint presentation: Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations (Adobe pdf file) New!
How Are Fast-growing Presbyterian Churches Different from Others? New! (Adobe pdf file)
Like Mouse to Cheese: Luring New Worshipers (PowerPoint presentation in Adobe pdf)
How Are Racial-Ethnic Presbyterian Churches Different from Others? (Adobe pdf file)
What Can We Learn from the Leaders Who Participated in the U.S. Congregational Life Survey? Pulpit and Pew Project, Duke University
Who Worships in ELCA Congregations? ELCA Research Office
Who Worships in Southern Baptist Congregations? SBC Research Office
Who Worships in United Methodist Congregations? UMC Research Office
Who Worships in Church of the Nazarene Congregations? Nazarene Research Office
Who Worships in Seventh-day Adventist Congregations? Creative Ministries
This book is an intricate look at vitality and health in congregations. . . . The authors believe that there are ten strengths key to vital congregations. They conclude that every congregation has these strengths to one degree or another, and that by building on their strengths, they can transform their futures. This book will help congregations recognize the factors that make them unique, discover their strengths, identify areas where change is needed, and begin to determine where and when change can begin.
Learn more! Listen to radio interviews with the authors.
"This book presents the first comprehensive portrait of congregational life in the United States in the new century and is 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. The Field Guide seeks to answer questions like, What are the characteristics of satisfying worship?EHow involved are worshipers in their communities?Eand How can congregations both recruit new members and retain existing members?EIt provides a portrait of congregational life today in four dimensions: spirituality and faith, activities in the congregation, community involvement, and worshipersEvision for the congregations future."
Order online now from the publisher, Westminster John Knox Press.
The Field Guide Poster provides a snapshot of key findings from the study. The four-color, 11x17 poster includes 12 graphs showing the age and gender profile of worshipers, their experiences during worship and involvement in congregational activities, their time spent in private devotions, and more. Available from U.S. Congregations for $5. (Call 1-888-728-7228 ext. 2040 to order.)
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