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This FACT 2015 survey question suggests a reason for hope. The question asked about the respondent's sense of their congregation's future. The answers are a helpful reminder that while the overall decline is a real and persistent reality, it is not the whole story. Read more >>


Without high prioritization of young adult engagement, the chances of members of this demographic group walking through a congregation's doors are slim. Read more >>


Effective mission helps focus a congregation's goals, unify its efforts, and inspire its members to act. Read more about this and other items on the Religious Education Priorities Scale (REPS) >>

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Leadership Reports

Keeping Members

In all congregations, growth and vitality are a result of twin processes: recruitment and retention. Read more >>

Congregational Conflict

This publication offers research, tips and resources to help clergy. Read more >>

Research Reports

Vital Congregations

What does a congregation mean when they describe themselves as spiritually vital? How does a congregation become vital? Read more >>

Teaching & Learning in American Congregations

State and work of congregations’ educational ministries in the United States... Read more >>

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