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Carl S. Dudley
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2003- faculty emeritus in residence of Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut

1993-2003  Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut
Professor of Church and Community
Co-director, Center for Social and Religious Research
Co-Director, Hartford Institute on Religion Research (2000-)

1973-93  McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Professor of Church and Community
Director of the Center for Church and Community Ministries.

1962-73  Pastor, Berea Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO

1959-62  Assistant Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY

1954-56  Street worker with gangs, Manhattanville Community Center, New York, NY

1953-54  Social Science Research Center, Cornell U., Ithaca, NY

Seminary Courses taught since 1990
Adapting Strategies in Changing Communities.
Churches as Communities in Communities
Community Development, Service, and Justice Ministries
Doctor of Ministry Seminar: Practicing Your Theology of Ministry
Introduction to Congregational Studies
Mobilizing Your Congregational Culture
New Testament Tensions in Contemporary Churches
Small Church Dynamics
Urban Church Leadership

Cornell University, B.A., 1954 (Majors: Psychology and Sociology) Union Theological Seminary (NYC), B.D./M.Div., 1959

McCormick Theological Seminary, D.Min., 1974

Also graduate studies at New York School of Social Work, Harvard-MIT Urban Institute, Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Professional activities
Past President, The Religious Research Association; Associate Editor, Review of Religious Research and Journal of Scientific Study of Religion; Editorial board for The Five Stones;

Advisory Board, The Ratner Center for Study of Conservative Judaism (NYC); Consultant, Parish Handbook Project of the Institute for Church Life (Notre Dame); Advisor, Study of Masjid Muhammad; and Consultant, Council of Churches and Synagogues, Stamford, CT.

Fellow, The Case Study Institute; active participant, Religious Research Association, the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Ordained Presbyterian Minister, June, 1959; member of the Presbytery of Southern New England, serving committees such as Congregational Development and Long Range Strategy.

Published Books
Unique Dynamics of the Small Church, Washington, D.C.: Alban, 1977.

Making the Small Church Effective, Nashville: Abingdon, 1978.

Where Have All Our People Gone? New Choices for Old Churches, New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1979.

Building Effective Ministry: Theory and Practice in the Local Church, editor, San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1983 .

Handbook for Congregational Studies, co-author and editor with Jackson W. Carroll and William McKinney, Nashville: Abingdon, 1986.

New Testament Tensions in the Contemporary Church, with Earle Hilgert, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.

Developing Your Small Church's Potential with Douglas Alan Walrath, Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1988.

Carriers of Faith: Lessons in Congregational Studies, co-author and editor with Jackson W. Carroll and James P. Wind, Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991.

Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry: Guidelines and Model in Action, Washington, D.C.: Alban Institute, 1991.

Energizing the Congregation: Images that Shape Your Church's Ministry, with Sally A. Johnson. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993.

Next Steps in Community Ministry: Hands-On Leadership in Action, co-author and editor, Washington, D.C.: Alban, 1996.

Civil Investing by Religious Institutions: How Churches Launch New Community Ministries, Center on Philanthropy, Indianapolis: Indiana University, 1997.

Studying Congregations, co-author and editor with Nancy T. Ammerman, Jackson W. Carroll, and William McKinney, Nashville:Abingdon, 1998.

Community Ministries: Proven Steps and New Challenges to Faith-Based Initiatives, Washington, D.C.: Alban Publications, 2002. 

Congregations in Transition: A Guide for Analyzing, Assessing, and Adapting in Changing Communities co-author with Nancy T. Ammerman, Jossey-Bass, 2002.

Effective Small Churches In The 21st Century: Carrying Faith Into The Future, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003. 

Articles, chapters and other Publications (listed by academic year, incomplete)
"Adequate Salaries vs. Intimate Churches," Christian Ministry, September, 1976.

"The Secret of the Small Church," A.D., November, 1976.
Reprinted: Alban Institute, Yokefellow Institute, etc.

"Neighborhood Churches in Changing Communities," New Conversations, Vol. 3, No. 1; 1979, pp. 4-10.

"Theology of Turf," The Covenant Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3, pp. 3-8.

"Growing in Small Churches," Issues to Discuss: Program Guide, Mennonite Publishing House, 1979.

"The Dynamics of the Small Church," Thesis Theological Cassettes, Vol. 9, No. 12; January 1979; cassette and study guide.

"Small Churches are Special," JED Share, United Church Press for JED; Spring, 1979; pp. 4-5.

Review of "Small Churches are Beautiful", Jackson Carroll, ed.; Review of Religious Research, Vol.20, No. 2; Spring, 1979.

"What Shall I Wear to Your Party?" Celebrate, Lent, 1979.

"Church Strategies in changing Communities," Metro-Ministry: Ways and Means for the Urban Church, David C. Cook, 1979.

"Measuring Church Growth," The Christian Century, Vol. XCVI, No.21, June 6, 1979; pp. 635-639.

For Catalyst Tapes: "The Small Church as a Primary Group," Vol. XI, No. 12; "Understanding the Small Church," Vol. XII, No. l; "Leadership in the Small Church," Vol. XII, No. 2.

Educational video tape, "Developing Leaders in Small Churches," American Baptist Convention.

"Another Parable," Simply Beginning, Patchwork Central, Evansville, Indiana; 1979.

"Survival Strategies for Small Churches," Christian Ministry, Vol.9, No. 3; May 1980, pp. 13-16.

"Church Membership Growth: Institutional and Contextual Correlations in Urban, Suburban, Small City and Town and Country Congregations," Journal of Religion and the Applied Behavioral Sciences; May 1980.

"Social Involvement vs. Church Growth: Either/Or and Other Fallacies," Notebook for Social Ministry Institutes, published by The Program Agency, UPCUSA; 1980.

"More Than Thanksgiving," A.D., November, 1980 (Bible study).

"Why Churches Wax and Wane," Theology Today, January 1981.

"From Seminary to Parish," Vocation Agency (UPCUSA) Monograph with Professors Homer U. Ashby and Cynthia A. Jarvis; Winter, 1981.

"Small Churches are Special," Exchange; Vol. 5, #2; Winter, 1981.

"Review of Ministry in America," ATS study edited by David Schuller, et al, Presbyterian Outlook, March 16, 1981.

Editor of report, "Urban Task Force Report to 193rd General Assembly (UPCUSA)," May 1981.

"Splendid Diversity," A.D., June-July, 1981 (G.A. issue).

Case studies published by Hartford Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.

"Variety to Stagger the Imagination," A.D., July 1981.

"Denominational Organizations and Local Churches; Seven Ways to Bridge the Gap," Christian Ministry, November 1981.

"Visitation Evangelism," Password, September 1981.

"Affectional and Directional Orientations to Faith," Alban Institute Monograph, 1982.

"Denominational Losses and Evangelical Surprises," Context, May 1982.

Review of Congregations Alive by Donald P. Smith, Theology Today.

Review of Racial Transition in the Church by James H. Davis and Woodie W. White, Religious Studies Review.

Christian Ministry, Guest Editor, Vol. 14, No. 3, May 1983.

"Small Church Themes and Theology," Christian Ministry, Vol. 14, No. 3, May 1983.

"Sacred Worship in the Small Church," Reformed Liturgy and Music, Spring, 1983.

"The Art of Pastoring Small Congregations," New Possibilities for Small Churches, Pilgrim Press, 1983, Douglas Walrath, ed.

"Believing Without Belonging," Grapevine, JSAC, January 1984.

"Interview with Carl Dudley," Your Church, Nov./Dec. 1983.

"What is the Small Church? It All Depends..." Presbyterian Survey, May, 1986.

"Seven Images of the Church," The Christian Ministry, Vol. 17, No. 6; January 1986, pp. 16-18.

Review of "From New Creation to Urban Crisis" by George Younger, Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion, Spring, 1987.

"Congregations in Community Development," Workbook for Conference on Community Renewal, Indianapolis, October, 1986.

"Responses of Churches to Reagan Revolution," Hyde Park Ecumenical Project, December, 1986.

"Using Church Images for Commitment, Conflict and Renewal," Congregations: Their Power to Form and Transform, C. Ellis Nelson, ed., John Knox Press, 1988.

"Saints, Crises and Other Memories that Mobilize Congregations," Action Information, Alban Institute, January-February, 1989.

"Mobilizing Congregations for Community Ministry," with Sally Johnson, The Christian Ministry, March-April, 1989.

"The Character of Leadership," and other articles in The Five Stones, A Newsletter for Small Churches.

"After Church Growth," Lectures for the Ninth Annual Ministers' Conference, published in Korean and English, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1989.

H. Paul Douglass Lecture: "From Typical Church to Social Ministry: a Study of Elements which Mobilize Congregations," for Religious Research Association and the Society for Scientific Study of Religion, 1989. Published in the Review of Religious Research, Vol. 32, No. 3; 1990.

"Where Theology and Human Sciences Meet," published by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 1989.

Review of "The Church in the City" edited by Yoshio Fukuyama, for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Spring 1990.

Review of Religion and American Life: Resources, edited by Anne T. Fraker, Review for Religious Research, Spring 1990.

"Small Churches In Social Ministries," The Presbyterian, Synod of the Sun, June 1990.

"Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry," Action Information, Alban Institute: Washington, D.C., Vol. 17, No. 6; 1991.

"Integrating Faith and Work: American Work Ethic and Congregational Opportunities," Published by the Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy, Chicago, 1991

"Growth By Adoption," and numerous other articles in The Five Stones, A Newsletter for Small Churches.

"Congregational Self Images for Social Ministry," with Sally A. Johnson, Carriers of Faith: Lessons for Congregational Studies, edited by Carl S. Dudley, Jackson W. Carroll and James P. Wind, Louisville: Westminster-John Knox Press, 1991.

"Giving Voice to Local Churches: New Congregational Studies." Christian Century, pp. 742-746, December 12, 1991.

"Beyond Labeling Small Churches," Insights, A Journal of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Spring, 1992.

"Partners: Multiplying Our Strength in Urban Ministry," SCUPE Urban Ministry Briefs, March, 1992.

"Social Ideology and Community Ministries: Implications from Church Membership Surveys," with Thomas Van Eck, Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, 1992, Kenneth B. Bedell and Alice W. Jones (eds.) Nashville, TN.

"Room for Dissent," The World, Journal of Unitarian Universalist Association, July, 1992.

"Worshipping with Sheila," Christian Century, November 12, 1992.

"After the Hurricane: Lessons from Andrew," with Melvin E. Schoonover, Christian Century, June 2, 1993.

"A Premature Obituary," with David Roozen, Christian Century, September 22-29, 1993.

"Pluralism as an ism," Christian Century, October 22, 1993.

"The Energy of God's Presence," Christian Century, April 13, 1994.

"Basic Steps toward Community Ministry", revised for use by African American community, published by Howard University, 1994.

Christian Ministry, Field Notes "Two Spiritualities", March-April, 1994

--Field Notes "Energy in the Offering", May-June, 1994

"Center Church," Christian Century, October 26, 1994.

"Pluralism Revisited," Covenant Companion, July, 1994.

Foreword "There's Got to be More", Reginald Bibby, Woodlake Books, 1995.

"Bible Study", Presbyterian Bulletin Service, March, 1995

Christian Ministry, Field Notes "Continual Confirmation", July-August, 1994

-- Field Notes, "The Dance of Preaching", Sept.-Oct., 1994

-- Field Notes, "Glue and Inspiration", Jan.-Feb., 1995

-- Field Notes, "Young-Adult Power", March-April, 1995

-- Field Notes, "The Rest Room Test", May-June, 1995

"The Ties that Bind Pastor and People," Lifetime Scholar video series, Logos Productions, 1995.

Review of American Congregations by James P. Wind and James W. Lewis, in Christian Ministry, July-August, 1995.

"Congregational Time Lines as Sources of Identity," paper presented to RRA/SSSR October, 1995.

Christian Ministry, Field Notes: "Sacred Boundaries", July-August, 1995

--Field Notes "Great Sermon", Sept.-Oct. 1995

-- Field Notes "De-Moralizing a Crisis", Nov.-Dec., 1995

-- Field Notes "Art Makes Belief", Jan.-Feb., 1996

-- Field Notes "Sparring Partners", March-April, 1996

-- Field Notes "Me and Mrs. Jones", May-June, 1996

"Profile of a Strong Council of Churches: How a Dinosaur Predicts the Future," paper presented to RRA/SSSR, November, 1996.

"Developing Church Based Social Ministries," Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University

"Churches as Agents of Civil Investing," Kettering Foundation, keynote for publication

"Telling Our Stories, Finding Our Identities," Alban Institute workshop/draft publication

"Redevelopment: Everybody’s Business," a presentation to the Redevelopment section of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church USA in Rochester, NY, in June, 1997 and published by the Church Redevelopment Network of the Presbyterian Church, USA

Christian Ministry, Field Notes: "Exodus Churches", July-August, 1996

-- Field Notes, "Invitation to a Sermon", Sept.-Oct., 1996

-- Field Notes, "Daily Dialogue", Nov.-Dec., 1996

-- Field Notes, "Sacred Sources", Jan.-Feb., 1997

-- Field Notes, "The Ally of Tradition" March-April, 1997

-- Field Notes, "Taking Jesus to Work," May-June, 1997

"Wholistic Cross Cultural Ministries," paper presented to LCMS in Los Angeles, July 11, 1997, and published by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

"Welfare Revolution: Necessary Conversions," The Christian Century, October 15, 1997

"Leader Selection and Training for Cross Cultural Community Ministries," paper for RRA in San Diego, November, 1997

"Launching Community Ministries" Kettering Review, December, 1997.

Christian Ministry, Field Notes "Adding Life in Years," July-August, 1997

-- Field Notes "Birthing Sermons," Sept.-Oct., 1997

--Field Notes "The Theology of Who We Are," Nov.-Dec., 1997

--Field Notes "Old and New Unite in Ritual" (1/98)

--Field Notes "Men Sharing the Burden" (3/98)

--Field Notes "Churchgoers and Other Strangers" (5/98)

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, "Wholistic, Cross-Cultural Ministries of LCMS"

Presbyterian Church USA, "Redevelopment: Everybody's Business".

UUA "Unitarian Universalist Urban Congregations." with Adair Lummis 

Christian Ministry, Field Notes "Family Church/Church Family" 7/98,

-- Field Notes, "Listening to Feelings" (9/98),

-- Field Notes, "The Common Touch"(11/98).

-- Field Notes, "The Lay-person’s-eye View" (1/99)

-- Field Notes, "New Pastors-- With Experience" (3/99)

-- Field Notes, "Where Women Minister" (5/99)

Christian Century "Edifying Discourses," May 20, 1998

— Review of Lived Religion in America," June 17, 1998

-- "Emotional Disarmament: Explosive Issues," March 3, 1999

"Alternative Approaches to Extra-Ordinary Conflicts," with Hugh Halverstadt, a chapter in A Safe Place to Talk About Homosexuality, Washington, DC: Alban, 1998

"Congregations and Social Ministry: Preparation and Development" in Management And Organization of Religious Human And Social Services, Edward L. Queen, II, ed. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press,

"Invisible People, Intangible Forces" in Lutheran Women Today, September 1998.

Presidential address to Religious Research Association, "Significant Research: When Information has Impact," Montreal, Nov. 1998, in Review of Religious Research, Vol.40, no.4 (June, 1999).

Christian Ministry, Field Notes: "Speaking of Intimate Faith" 7/99

-- Field Notes, "Preacher and Worshiper United" 9/99

-- Field Notes, "Communication" 11/99

Christian Ministry, "Hardships and Opportunity in the City," September-October, 1999

The Disciple, "So You Think You Know Congregations," April 2000

Presbyterian Outlook, Review of Urban Ministry Vital Signs, June 2000


Faith Communities Today: A Report on Religion in the United States Today co-author Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2001

Interfaith Facts: Meet your neighbor co-author Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2003

Courses taught in other academic settings
Churches in Changing Communities
Doctor of Ministry: Senior Seminar in Practical Theology
Introduction to Congregational Studies
Mission Imperatives: Evangelism, Stewardship, Compassion, Justice
Mobilizing Christian Congregational Culture
New Testament Tensions and Contemporary Ministry
Stories and Their Power for Religious Renewal
Strengthening Churches for Community Ministry
Theology of the Laity
Urban Church Strategies

Lectures and Educational Programs with church leaders
Case Studies in Cross-cultural Ministries

Church Planting in Urban Communities

Church Redevelopment: How Can We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?

Creative Conflict: Using Explosive Issues Constructively

Cultural Changes and Emerging Ministries into the 21st Century

Small Church Witness in a Mega Church World

Strategies for Adaptive Churches: Doing the Truth

Welfare Reform: Opportunity and Risk for Ministry

Locations of service as visiting faculty, lecturer, keynote speaker:
Alban Institute, Washington, DC
Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME
Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, IL
Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, KS
Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN
Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, CA
Goshen Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN
Howard University Divinity School, Washington, DC
Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA
Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL
Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN
Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN
Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY
North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, Alexandria, VA
St. Paul School of Theology (Methodist), Kansas City, KC
San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), Chicago, IL
Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, MI
South Florida Theological Center, Miami, FL
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Trinity Episcopal Church Leadership Education, New York, NY
Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN
University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
University of the South School of Theology, Sewanee, TN
Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Canadian: Divinity School, University of British Columbia; Halifax School of Theology, Nova Scotia; Divinity School, University of Toronto; and Korea: Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
Presbytery: Presbytery of Southern New England
Committee on Congregational Development
Consultant in Long Range Strategy
Teaching in numerous educational programs

President of West End Civic Association 1995-

President of West End Neighborhood Development Corporation 1996-

Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education

2000 Higher Education Honors Award, Presbyterian Church (USA)




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