Using the Resources of the Web to Research a Congregation

Hartford Institute for Religious Research.

This article offers tips and tools to help a congregation better understand the needs of people inside the congregation and the outside community.


links to the U.S. Census and demographic information, tips for survey construction, congregation survey question bank

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Gain a better understanding of the community by accessing demographic information from the U.S. Census.
  • Conduct a survey of congregation members by following the tips and using the survey question bank.

About the Contributor

Sandra Herron

Sandra Herron is the founding principal and owner of MiddlEdge, Inc., a management consultancy dedicated to helping congregations align their strategy, people, structure, and processes to achieve their vision. She is an experienced adult educator, trainer and facilitator in academic, community, corporate and ministry settings.

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