The Faith Communities Today 2010 national survey brings together the 26 individual surveys of congregations. Twenty-four were conducted by or for partner denominations and faith groups, representing 32 of the country’s largest denominations and traditions. The common core questionnaire of the survey replicates over 150 questions from the 2000, 2005 and 2008 surveys, plus a special section on the 2008 recession.
Rather than releasing all the survey data at one time, we have opted to explore themes within the results to create timely reports throughout the year.
The early March report, Virtually Religious: Technology and Internet Use in American Congregations, investigates the extend to which churches and other congregations are using the Internet and what difference this makes to how they function.
In late December the report, Facts on Growth: 2012 explores the theme of church growth in the 21st century. This work identifies what congregational characteristics relate to the growth and vitality of religious communities.
The September 17th trends report, A Decade of Change in American Congregations 2000 to 2010, notes key patterns and findings from our decade of congregational studies.
The September 7th 2011 release, American Congregations Reach Out To Other Faith Traditions looks at the changes that have taken place in interfaith relations over the last 10 years.
The April 2011 release, Holy Toll: The Impact of the 2008 Recession on American Congregations, examines the program, human and organizational toll of the recession.
Themed reports to be released in 2012:
- March/April release on the theme of Changes in Worship Dynamics.
- More reports will be coming later in the year.
- Research Projects
- Web Resources