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The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

The Amazon Effect: Worshippers Flocking to Larger Churches

David Briggs | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.

How to Attract Young Adults: 7 Characteristics of Highly Successful Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

As fewer young people fill the pews of houses of worship, some congregations are trying innovative ways to halt the exodus of young adults from organized religion. But it is a massive challenge.

Racial Diversity Increasing In U.S. Congregations

Scott Thumma, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Scott Thumma, Ph.D.

If heaven is going to include all races, it's encouraging to see our faith communities beginning to reflect that reality in the present.