Our Research Questions

Given today’s changing religious landscape, how are leaders of U.S. congregations adapting? How do these changes shape the staffing, financial models, priorities, and the work of U.S. congregations? And, what is the state of the religious workforce today?



A study of 50 congregations in the Washington, D.C. area. Diverse sample by size, geography, and religious tradition, including interviews, observations, and a questionnaire.



Meta-analysis of data collected from over a dozen denominational partners. Analysis of clergy demographics, financial data, participation, and commitment.

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Changes in Seminary Enrollment Patterns, 2000-2020 | Part 5: Observations and Implications

The previous four posts discussed seminary enrollment trends among were Roman Catholic students and students from selected clusters of denominations from Black Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, and Mainline Protestant denominations. In this final post in this series, we discuss some observations and possible implications of the data presented. Observations While there are limitations of this review…

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Pastoral Leadership in the Church of the Nazarene

The first in a series of denominational reports, Pastoral Leadership in the Church of the Nazarene explores the demographics of pastoral leaders, key characteristics of Nazarene congregations, the relationship between the two, and some implications for the religious workforce in that tradition and beyond.

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