U.S. Congregational Life Survey


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Accessed April 19, 2017.

Over 500,000 worshipers in over 5,000 congregations have completed the U.S. Congregational Life Survey since it was first offered in 2001. A second offering took place in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. Such deliberate use of the survey provides data comparisons for your congregation. It helps you answer the question, “How does my congregation compare to others?” A key component to this survey is that it is designed to be filled out in the context of a worship service (or just after worship). Why? Because it is important to receive feedback from those who are active in the life of the congregation, not just the leaders, and not just those who want to express an opinion but are not actually participants. The view from the pew is honored. Feedback from the survey focuses on strengths. Deliverables include a basic profile of those who worship at your congregation, an interpretation of your congregation’s strengths, and benchmark appraisals comparing your worshiper’s answers to all who have participated in the survey through the years. Each report comes with a video and leader’s guide. As a result of this instrument, several books have been published that might help you assess your congregation’s special role and unique vision to live. These books include the volume Beyond the Ordinary.

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