New Data Definitions for the Church?

Big Data and Analytics The above 3-minute video from the Harvard Business Review introduces some new terms for consideration — big data and analytics. While the context of these concepts is business-related, there is much in here that can be applicable to local churches and the Church as a whole. In particular, the three types…

Reflections on Faith Communities Today

Two weeks ago, I made my annual trek to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) National Offices in Chicago to gather with other denominational and religious researchers as part of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP). This collective group of brilliant minds — and that’s no joke, these people are smart — produces the Faith…

Your Welcome Matters More than You Think

A few years ago the United Church of Christ adopted a new tag line – “no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” For many it may be a simple catch phrase, for others it may encapsulate their experience of and with the UCC, and yet still…

Studying Congregations: A Resource

I’ve been following the re-vamped Studying Congregations website for the past several months and wanted to share this fantastic resource with you. In short, the Congregational Studies Team is comprised of several well-established and respected researchers, writers, and thinkers who have been contributing to our understandings of congregational life throughout the past several decades. Many…