FACT 2010

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 years following the data collection and analysis.

The latest resource we have produced is a multi-faceted look at Young Adults in faith communities.  This resource offers materials to address the involvement of young adults in churches and other religious communities.  It includes a research overview of survey results from congregations with successful young adult ministry, a review of the current literature on young adults, and 10 case studies of churches and other faith communities young adult programs.

Our recent report, FACTS on Worship is meant to help congregations understand how worship practices can affect their vitality and inspire their members.  The author is Marjorie H. Royle, former Director of Research for the United Church of Christ. She has written extensively about worship, congregational vitality and clergy leadership.


The 2012 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. The author is Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology of Religion and Director of Distance Education at Hartford Seminary.

In late December 2011 report, Facts on Growth: 2010 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 author is C. Kirk Hadaway, Church Officer for Congregational Research, The Episcopal Church.

The September 17th 2011 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.

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