Faith Communities Today: a Video Project
Hartford Institute for Religion Research is presently coordinating the most widely representative study of American congregational life throughout the United States. Known as ‘Faith Communities Today” (FACT), this research will profile a scientific sample of about 20,000 congregations drawn from religious bodies representing more than 90 percent of all local churches, synagogues, mosques and other meeting groups, which are also geo-coded with the US Census drawn at the same time. Directed by Professors Carl Dudley and David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at the Hartford (Connecticut) Seminary, and the study is funded together by the Lilly Endowment and the 40 cooperating religious bodies (see attached list of CCSP Denominations and Faith Groups, number of congregations).
This study is unique in assembling the most extensive organization of religion research professionals ever involved in a single research project. These researchers have worked since 1995 to expand their group and develop a single core of questions in areas of shared concern, including worship, membership, local history. congregational programs, outreach and social ministries, leadership and organizational dynamics, and finances. Standard questions from past research have been maintained as the basis for comparison; to these have been added new inquiries that reach across the diversity of religious belief and practice. Participating researchers believe that this study will provide the most comprehensive profile of American congregations now, and a significant base line for future studies.
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