Thoughts: Congregational Age and Impact on Vitality

Earlier this month on our blog, ELCA researcher Linda Bobbitt wrote a thoughtful summary of two articles investigating the effects of a congregation’s age on its vitality. The articles suggested that congregational age (the year a church was founded) doesn’t really have a large impact on the church’s vitality (at least as measured by membership / worship…

The Trouble with Adventures

J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit (now a series of popular films) chronicles the story of Bilbo Baggins, a reserved, organized, no drama hobbit. At the beginning of the book, the reader finds Bilbo enjoying a nice, quiet life on The Hill. Suddenly, his quiet life is rudely disrupted by Gandalf the wizard. The following conversation ensues: Gandalf [said],…

Did You See Who He Was Talking To?

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom…

UCC Data Hub Launches in July

We in CARD have been quite busy over the last several months working to build increased functionality within our denominational database, the UCC Data Hub. As part of this upgrade, we are also working to create a culture shift around the ways that information is updated and shared across the life of the church. As…

Congregational Age and Impact on Vitality

Linda Bobbitt, a researcher for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has done some extensive work in the area of congregational vitality. I’m pleased to share with you a short piece she wrote for ELCA church and denominational leaders on the age of congregations and the impact of this factor on vitality. In the…