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Monday, December 5, 2022

COVID-19’s Financial Impact on Catholic Parishes

A guest post from Matthew Manion of Villanova University offers analysis of annual giving trends from 169 Catholic parishes from FY17 to FY20 and projected future impacts based on the pandemic.

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Practical Ideas

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Disability and Access in the Hybrid Church

In those first few weeks of the pandemic, when the very air seemed full of strange new danger and we were being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, I offered my large, Silicon Valley congregation something I’d never offered before: Zoom coffee meetings.

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Research

Friday, September 23, 2022

Adapting and Reimagining: West Coast Catholic Church Leverages Social Outreach to Thrive During COVID-19

A recent research project conducted in partnership with the Villanova University Center for Church Management fellowship (2021-2022) and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., examines a case study on how one Catholic parish on the West Coast of the U.S. — Saint Patrick’s Church — has navigated and c

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Vignette

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

During Pandemic, Small Churches Find Growth Online

Research shows median worship attendance in U.S. congregations is on the decline, but for some small churches, the move to online worship has sparked new life.

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Vignette

Friday, September 9, 2022

For One Small Church, COVID Proved Too Much to Overcome

As their congregation approached its 60th anniversary, leaders of Grace Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago put together a video, recounting its history.

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Research

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Something Better

Our recent research project was conducted in partnership with the Villanova University Center for Church Management fellowship (2021-2022) and was funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

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Research

Friday, July 22, 2022

How the Digital Divide & Digital Reluctance Impact Churches During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Church leaders encountered many new challenges during the pandemic.

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Vignette

Monday, July 11, 2022

Facing COVID and Other Crises, Boulder Church Learns to Listen, Adapt

Like most congregations across the U.S., First Congregational Church, UCC in Boulder, Colorado was rattled by COVID-19.

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Presentations

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Webinar Recording and FAQ: The Pandemic’s Impact on Churches  

In late June, our researchers presented a webinar hosted by Hartford International University for Religion and Peace entitled "The Pandemic’s Impact on Churches: What the Data Show Thus Far" in which they discussed findings from three recent surveys taken from 5,000 churches about how congregation

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