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A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's Going Where and Why [Paperback]

By Cynthia Woolever (Author) & Deborah Bruce (Author)
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Pages   85
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 7.7" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2002
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664225691  
EAN  9780664225698  


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A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations presents in the first comprehensive portrait of congregational life in the United States in the new century. The book is based on the results of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey of more than 2,000 congregations and over 350,000 worshipers from across many denominations. It provides a portrait of congregational life today in four dimensions: spirituality and faith, activities in the congregation, community involvement, and worshipers' vision for the congregation's future.

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More About Cynthia Woolever & Deborah Bruce

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CYNTHIA WOOLEVER is research director of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, coeditor of The Parish Paper with Herb Miller and Lyle Schaller, and formerly a professor of sociology of religious organizations at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary. As a sociologist and consultant, she has focused on applied organizational research, working with congregations, judicatories, and seminaries throughout her twenty-five-year career. DEBORAH BRUCE (1955-2012) was associate research manager in the research services office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and project manager of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. She worked in a variety of applied research settings before coming to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She served as an officer for the Religious Research Association and was a member of that organization and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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Congregational reference  Oct 1, 2002
It tells you about the survey- it's good information, but a survey report isn't a great read, you know?
 
Who Worships Where -- and Why?  Sep 6, 2002
Do 300,000 people have anything to say about the American religious landscape? Of course they do. But that's not surprising, since Americans are rarely hesitant about sharing their opinion. And this book shares what they have to say. In this case these are helpful opinions. That's because what they said was as part of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey.
In April 2001, worshipers in more than 2,000 congregations in the United States completed a survey during worship services.
A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations looks at the total results of the survey, concentrating especially on four areas: spirituality and faith, activities in the congregation, community involvement, and worshipers' vision for the congregation's future.

Many of the results are striking.

Woolever and Bruce have written their book so that it's a tool to help congregations examine their vitality so they can renew and enrich their mission. A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations helps readers grapple with questions like, "What are the characteristics of satisfying worship?" "How involved are worshipers in their communities?" and "How can congregations both recruit new members and retain existing members?"

A Field Guide... is well written and easy to read. And it features some delightful cartoons illustrating the reality of congregational life (my favorite is about "Isabel" and her "contribution."). The book will have special appeal to people who are interested in what's going on in congregations nationwide, and also could be helpful reading for churches' Outreach committees.

 

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