Research Reports

Note: Other researchers interested in conducting secondary analysis with U.S. Congregational Life Survey data may now access the data sets through the Association of Religion Data Archives.

2007

Generating Social Capital:  Worshipers’ Involvement in Social Service and Advocacy, Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Leipzig, Germany, 2007.

The Application of the Concepts of Religious Goods and Social Capital to the Study of Community in Australian Catholic Parishes, Bob Dixon, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Leipzig, Germany, 2007.

Worshiper Demographics and the Community Demographic Profile:  Is a Match Necessary for Congregational Vitality? Cynthia Woolever, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Leipzig, Germany, 2007.

Congregations with a Strong Vision and Sense of Direction: The Interplay Between Leadership and Attenders, Reginald Bruce, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Leipzig, Germany, 2007.

Church Attenders’ Attitudes to Innovation in Church Life: A Comparison across Countries and across Time, Ruth Powell, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Leipzig, Germany, 2007.

Local Culture and the Maintenance and Transmission of Religious Practice, David Voas, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Leipzig, Germany, 2007.

Red-State and Blue-County Congregations: How Political Geography Relates to Social Outreach, Cynthia Woolever, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York, New York, 2007.

A Boom in Brandon (Florida) Only? Participation Increase and Geographic Advantage among Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregations, Perry Chang and Ida Smith-Williams, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York, New York, 2007.

2006

Journal of Beliefs & Values Special Issue: The International Congregational Life Survey. [Learn more]

Congregational Strengths and Subsequent Numerical Growth among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Congregations, Perry Chang and Ida Smith-Williams, presentation at the Religious Research Association, Portland, Oregon, 2006. PDF icon

Advocacy and Outreach:  Are the Same Worshipers Involved in Both? Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Religious Research Association, Portland, Oregon, 2006.  PDF icon

Predicting Church Growth:  Worshipers’ Views of the Congregation Are Powerful Predictors, Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Association for Psychological Science, New York, 2006.

Congregational Leadership and Communication Practices: How Do Leaders Inspire a Shared Vision? Reginald Bruce, presentation at the Religious Research Association, Portland, Oregon, 2006. 

Who Speaks in Tongues? Keith Wulff, presentation at the Religious Research Association, Portland, Oregon, 2006. 

2005

Examining the Impact of Religious Involvement on Health PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Society for the International Study of Religion, Zagreb, Croatia, 2005.

Social and Political Beliefs of Worshipers PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), Philadelphia, 2005.

Women of the Pew: Mobilizing Civic and Religious Capital PDF icon, Cynthia Woolever, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), Philadelphia, 2005.

The Other Half of Health: Patterns in Declining Churches PDF icon, Cynthia Woolever, presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting, Rochester, New York, 2005.

Pastoring Small Congregations: The Impact of Congregational Size on Clergy Experiences PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting, Rochester, New York, 2005. 

Religious Congregations as Havens of Participatory Equality or Fortesses of Privilege? Evidence from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey? PDF icon Perry Chang and Ida Smith-Williams, presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting, Rochester, New York, 2005.

Leadership in High Performing Congregations: Uncovering the Secrets of Success PDF icon, Reginald Bruce, presentation at the Religious Research Association (RRA) Annual Meeting, Rochester, New York, 2005.

2004

New People in U.S. Congregations: Who Are They and Why Do They Come? PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Religious Research Association (RRA), Kansas City, 2004.

Responsive Congregational Identity: Identify Strength and Diversity as Correlates of Vitality PDF icon,Cynthia Woolever, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), San Francisco, 2004.

Comparing Personal Religious Practices Across the Generations PDF icon,Deborah Bruce, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), San Francisco, 2004.

Racial Variation in Parish Satisfaction Among Catholic Parishinors PDF icon, James Cavendish and Paul Perl, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), San Francisco, 2004.

Leadership Practices Across Denominational Families PDF icon,Reginald Bruce, presentation at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), San Francisco, 2004.

Leadership's Impact on Followers' Perceptions and Behaviors: Some Surprising Results PDF icon, Reginald Bruce, presentation at the American Psychological Society (APS), Chicago, 2004 .

2003

Profile of Numerically Growing Congregations: Findings from a National Sample of Congregations PDF icon, Cynthia Woolever, presentation at Religious Research Association (RRA), Norfolk, Virginia, 2003.

Profile of Excellent Congregations: Findings from a National Sample of Congregations PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at RRA, Norfolk, Virginia, 2003.

Members and Non-members: Profile of Worshipers in the PC(USA) PDF icon, Jack Marcum, presentation at RRA, Norfolk, Virginia, 2003.

Fast Growing Presbyterian Churches: What Makes them Different from the Rest PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at RRA, Norfolk, Virginia, 2003.

Church Life Across Four Countries: Australia, England, New Zealand, and the U.S.A., 2-part session convened by Keith Wulff at the International Society for the Study of Religion (ISSR), Turin, Italy, 2003. These two sessions included the following nine papers.

Congregational Sociology and Theology: Making Data Work for Congregations, Cynthia Woolever, presentation at Association for the Sociology of Religion, Atlanta, 2003.

2002

U.S. Congregational Life Survey: What Did We Learn About Congregations? PDF icon, Deborah Bruce, presentation at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Salt Lake City, 2002

                     
                     

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