The Continuing Impact of Technology on Congregations

“I’m Exhausted All the Time”: Exploring the Factors Contributing to Growing Clergy Discontentment

Black Churches Hit Hardest but Show Remarkable Resilience in Pandemic

EPIC Webinar Series: From Surviving to Thriving, New Congregational Research for a New Year

Back to Normal? Churches Rebounding After Pandemic, but Still Struggling in Some Areas

Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19 is a five-year research project funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and led by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. The focus of this expansive initiative is to research, collect, and disseminate data about the possible changes and long-term implications the pandemic might have on religious life across the United States. Through this centralized online hub, congregational and denominational leaders, religious scholars, and the general public will have free access to a growing repository of curated resources, practical tools, and guidance—drawn from our own research and from our cross-denominational partners.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

“I’m Exhausted All the Time”: Exploring the Factors Contributing to Growing Clergy Discontentment

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has released a study finding high levels of discontentment among Christian clergy in the U.S.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Burned out, exhausted, leaving: A new survey finds clergy are not OK

(RNS) — In January, the Hartford Institute for Religion Research released a foundational report about the health of America’s churches and the leaders that serve them in the post-COVID-19 moment.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Webinar Series: From Surviving to Thriving- Research-based Insights for Congregational Flourishing

Missing our webinar series already? Join Hartford Institute researchers online on March 7th at 12:15 pm EST to discuss the latest clergy health research. We'll explore the implications of our 2023 cl

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Monday, February 5, 2024

VIDEO: Technological Innovation

In this webinar hosted by Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations, learn about how hybrid worship is here to stay, and how else technological changes of the past few years are reshaping congre

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Our project is gathering both broad, nationally representative surveys and detailed ethnographic case studies of how religious congregations are changing and adapting in the wake of COVID-19.

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