New report offers first glimpse of how U.S. congregations are navigating the pandemic

How has COVID-19 changed congregational life?

Take part in a landmark study

A centralized hub in the making.

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.

View the research

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.

Explore our resources

Use of our findings is free and readily available to clergy, scholars and the wider public to equip them with practical tools and resources.

Get involved

Whether you are a church leader, a denominational executive or an academic researcher exploring the religious reality during and after the pandemic, we welcome your involvement.


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