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Church Growth and Decline

Are Conservative Churches Growing?*
by Tom W. Smith
*To access this article, select "reports" in the left navigation, then "GSS Social Change Reports." The article is listed as #32.

The Impact of the Televangelist Scandals of 1987-88 on American Religious Beliefs and Behaviors
by Tom W. Smith

Reinventing the Church
by Donald E. Messer

Revisioning the Future of Oldline Protestantism
by William McKinney

Mainline Churches:  The Real Reason for Decline
by Benton Johnson, Dean R. Hoge & Donald A. Luidens

Did You Really Go To Church This Week? Behind the Poll Data
by C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny L. Marler

Individualism and the Crisis of Civic Membership
by Robert Bellah, et al

Do Oldline Churches Have a Future?
by John B. Cobb, Jr.

Christianleaders.org - Articles for Christian Leaders An extensive list of articles that address congregational and clergy issues.

From the Church and Denominational Growth Book:
The following articles are available in .pdf format.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat to download these files, you may download it for free from their web site.  You may find this book in its entirety posted on our bookshelf

Denominations Grow as Individuals Join Congregations
by David A. Roozen

Denominational Growth and Decline by C. Kirk Hadaway and David A. Roozen

New Church Development and Denominational Growth (1950 - 1998):  Symptom or Cause? by C. Kirk Hadaway and David A. Roozen

Strategies for Evangelism and Growth in Three Denominations (1965 - 1990) by Bruce A. Greer

Growth and Decline in an Inclusive Denomination:  The ABC Experience by Norman M. Green and Paul W. Light

The Growth and Decline of Congregations by C. Kirk Hadaway and David A. Roozen

A Short History of Church Growth Research by Kenneth W. Inskeep

Do Church Growth Consultations Really Work? by C. Kirk Hadaway

The Effect of a Church Growth Strategy on United Church of Christ Congregations by Marjorie H. Royle

Is Evangelistic Activity Related to Church Growth? by C. Kirk Hadaway

Growth or Decline in Presbyterian Congregations by Wayne L. Thomson, Jackson W. Carroll, and Dean R. Hoge 

Congregational Growth and Decline in Indiana Among Five Mainline Denominations by Daniel V.A. Olson

Belief Style, Congregational Climate and Program Quality by Michael J. Donahue and Peter L. Benson

Individuals and Church Choice by David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway

From Church Tradition to Consumer Choice:  The Gallup Surveys of the Unchurched American by Penny Long Marler and David A. Roozen

Religion in the Canadian 1990's:  The Paradox of Poverty and Potential by Reginald W. Bibby

Baby Boomers and the Return to the Churches by Wade Clark Roof and Sr. Mary Johnson

Churched and Unchurched Black Americans by Hart M. Nelsen and Conrad L. Kanagy

Participation and Commitment Among American Catholic Parishoners by Michael R. Welch

Church  Growth in North America:  The Character  of a Religious Marketplace by C. Kirk Hadaway




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