The multi-faith coalition of denominations and faith groups that conducted the Faith Communities Today 2000 national survey of congregations in 2004 formalized their continued partnership as a membership-based program housed within the Hartford Seminary Institute for Religion Research. The Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership that developed out of that effort has several programmatic goals:
(1)Creating and testing a financially viable methodology for regular national survey of congregations, each survey to include three layers of questions:
a. A repeated set of items to track changes and trends,
b. A specific set of topical items tied to a congregational resource, and
c. A unique set of new items of immediate public interest.
(2) Creating an ongoing informative newsletter.
(3) Developing an approach to congregational resources that begins with a congregational situation requiring self-reflection, and then builds a topical module of supporting national survey items for inclusion in one of the biennial surveys, the results from which get built back into the congregational resource.
As a result the team then undertook and created the first survey in this series, Faith Communities Today 2005 Survey. These survey results are posted in the summary pdf report.
For information about the 2005 survey or membership in CCSP, please contact:
David A. Roozen
Chair, CCSP Advisory Committee
Director, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
77 Sherman Street, Hartford 06105
Phone: 860/509-9546 Fax: 860/509-9551
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