6 facts about how American congregations are changing

April 11, 2016 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

Synagogues need to know the full American religious landscape not just what’s happening in their own back yards. While some of the findings aren’t directly relevant to synagogues most of it is. http://www.soc.duke.edu/natcong/Docs/NCSIII_report_final.pdf
  1. People are increasingly concentrated in very large congregations.
  2. There is growing diversity among and within American congregations.
  3. Many pastors are bi-vocational.
  4. Worship services are becoming more informal and expressive.
  5. People in smaller churches give more money to their churches than do people in larger churches.
  6. Congregations focus more on serving the needy than on trying to effect systemic change.
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Entry filed under: congregational studies, Religion, Reposts, Synagogue Studies.

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