Sunday, November 26, 2023

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

Join Hartford Institute researchers in the New Year to better understand the challenges and possibilities for congregations and pastors to thrive! Each week we will offer a lunchtime webinar and Q&A period to explore the latest church research and insights for beginning the ministry year full of optimism and direction.

Thursdays 12:15-1:30 p.m. EST.

Then, throughout 2024 EPIC will host a monthly webinar series every first Thursday. And, coming March 7, 2024 will be “The Most Effective Clergy Wellness Measures.”

Jan. 11, 2024: Clergy Health and Well-Being

  • Scott Thumma, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
  • Charissa Mikoski, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
  • Brittany Watts, Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Come hear about our latest study on clergy wellness, both what contributes to stress and diminishes it.

Jan. 18, 2024: Multifaith Patterns   

  • Aaron Speigel, Synagogue Studies Institute
  • Mike McMullen, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Allison Norton, Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Explore the variety of ways faith groups have responded to the challenges of the pandemic. Co-sponsored with Faith Communities Today.

Jan. 25, 2024: Latino, Black & Multiracial Church Dynamics

  • Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Iliff School of Theology
  • Brittany Watts, Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Join us for a deep dive into the distinctive patterns and dynamics of Black, Latino and Multiracial churches.

Feb. 1, 2024: Technological Innovation

  • Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M University
  • Charissa Mikoski, Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Hybrid worship is here to stay but how else are the technological changes of the past few years reshaping congregational life? Come find out.

March 7, 2024: From ‘Surviving’ to ‘Thriving’: Research-Based Insights on Congregational Flourishing

  • Charissa Mikoski, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
  • Scott Thumma, Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Join Hartford Institute researchers online to discuss the latest clergy health research. We’ll explore the implications of our 2023 clergy wellness study and what impacts the well-being of religious leaders.

April 11, 2024: The State of Post-Pandemic Church Giving

  • Scott Thumma, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
  • David P. King, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
  • Matt Manion, Center for Church Management

Drawing from their recent and ongoing research, the directors of three Centers on congregational life and giving will discuss trends they have uncovered and have a guided conversation about how church financing is shifting into the future. Join us for insightful commentary and extended Q&A.

May 2, 2024: Trends in Small Church Vitality

  • Erica Dollhopf, The United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Molly James, The Episcopal Church
  • Rev. Canon Rebekah Hatch, Small Churches Big Impact Collective

Drawing from information from the Faith Communities Today survey, the EPIC project, and denominational findings, come join our webinar to learn more specifics on the impact of small churches in their traditions.