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|What is the U.S. Congregational Life
Worshipers are what makes a congregation. And the attitudes, opinions, and perceptions of worshipers are essential to understanding congregations and religious life in the United States. Without focusing on worshipers we cannot identify a congregation's strengths or hope to find avenues for effective congregational change.
As part of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, about 300,000 worshipers in over 2,000 congregations in the United States completed a survey during worship services in April 2001. Worshipers in Australia, England, and New Zealand completed similar surveys. Together, the international effort included about 2 million worshipers and 17,000 congregations across three continents.
The purposes of the United States Congregational Life Survey are:
Participating congregations receive a profile of their worshipers, a check-up on three dimensions of congregational vitality (attracting new members, involvement in the community, and faith development), and tools for identifying their strengths and planning for positive change.
Results from these 300,000 worshipers are available in the Key Results area. And, other congregations that want to see how they compare are now invited to take the survey. Can My Congregation Take Part? tells you how your congregation can be a part of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey.
The U.S. Congregational Life Survey is being conducted by U.S. Congregations, a religious research group staffed by religious researchers and sociologists. It is housed in the offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Cynthia Woolever (right) is Project Director and Deborah Bruce (left) is Project Manager.
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