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Saturday, December 23, 2023

How Churches use Technology in a Post-Pandemic Reality

Similarities and Differences in Findings from the TIC and EPIC Research Projects By Heidi Campbell and Charissa Mikoski A pastor preaches while being filmed for viewers at home. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted many congregations to use technology in new ways. Some congregations who were onc

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Press Release

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Report Offers Glimpse into Spiritually Vibrant though Fiscally Fragile Latino Churches 

A new report, “Latino Congregations: Trends from the Faith Communities Today (FACT) and Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations (EPIC) studies” shows Latino faith communities are a growing presence, even as they face challenges around leadership, finances, and sustainability.  

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Clergy Persevere Through Pandemic Fatigue, Explore Innovative Ways to Connect with Congregations

Although masks have stopped being enforced, and six feet of distance is now looking like a closer three, the effects of the 2020 pandemic are still underway, and congregational leaders are seeing the real effects of it.

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Events

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 opt

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Pandemic Pushes Churches to Embrace Technology in Ministry

Rev. Nathan Russell still isn’t sure how, during the pandemic, his congregation in Elyria, Ohio picked up a 90-plus-year-old new member living in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay.

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Press Release

Monday, September 4, 2023

Report: Churches Rebounding After Pandemic, but Still Struggling in Some Areas

A comprehensive report on the state of the nation's churches reveals both positive signs of recovery and persistent challenges in the wake of the pandemic.

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

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

A comprehensive report regarding the condition of the nation's churches presents a combination of positive signs of recovery and persistent challenges following the pandemic's impact. Hartford Institute’s fourth report examining how U.S. congregations are navigating the COVID-19

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Monday, May 8, 2023

How to Thrive in a Plague: Letting Vulnerability Foster Community

When I arrived at my current church as the new lead pastor back in 2016, someone asked me in an open forum, “How will you bring stability to our congregation?” They were a midsized urban congregation in the Bay Area with muscle memory for being a much larger and more complex church. They were lo

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Presentation: Stories of Hope & Resilience

In April, members of the EPIC team traveled to Chicago to present “Stories of Hope & Resilience: Exploring the Pandemic’s Congregational Challenges”  at the 2023 Religion Communicators Council/Associated Church Press annual Convention.

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