Congregations' Largest Sources of Concern and Pride

by Dr. Scott Thumma.

Based on responses from 15,000 congregations in 2020, this document represents what congregations are most concerned about and what they are most proud of in their faith communities.


Data on congregational leaders' hopes and worries; data regarding congregational leaders' level of concern with membership, growth, and financial concerns; data on congregational leaders' value of member community service and inclusivity.

Suggested Uses

  • Congregational leaders associated with a denomination might read and respond to the material at a denominational meeting.
  • The governing board could compare the data against that which is learned through a survey conducted by their particular congregations.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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