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What is the U.S. Congregational Life Survey?

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, more than 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 will include about 2 million worshipers and 17,000 congregations across three continents.

The purposes of the United States Congregational Life Survey are:

Participating congregations will receive a profile of their membership, 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.

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