The Office of Research examines local trends and demographics, which can help Episcopal congregations grow and better respond to the needs of their communities. Congregations that are more welcoming to newcomers offer more opportunities for transformation and mission. The "Studying Your Congregation and Community" charts break down social and demographic characteristics of Episcopal churches and their communities by geographical location. Trends in membership, average worship attendance, and financial giving can be used to indicate growth, decline, or stability. The community demographic profile provides an overview of a one-mile radius of a congregation’s physical location.

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July 11, 2013
St. John's Episcopal Church is a historic parish, located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, a few city blocks from the true central business district. It is quite visible, but not really an imposing presence overlooking a busy intersection. The building is stone with a slate roof, and appears to be a large, Early English-style parish or minster, more old country than new, with a large...
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May 20, 2013
In a little over six years, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, Texas, grew from a small home Bible study to a lively worshipping community meeting in the YMCA’s gym to a substantial congregation in its own sanctuary-cum-parish hall — complete with educational and office space, a large kitchen, parking, and ample acreage for future growth. A few months after moving into...
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April 30, 2013
A century ago, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey, was a thriving, affluent church in an exurban town where residents commuted each day into New York City and came back to large, neat homes in a comfortable tree-lined setting.  And while Montclair still has some suburban characteristics in that residents still commute to the City, St. Luke’s and Montclair are...
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March 23, 2011
Episcopal Church congregations are more and more turning to the internet and social media in particular to communicate with their members and their communities, according to a just-released summary of a nationwide survey of faith communities. Results for Episcopalians in the Faith Communities Today Survey (FACT) show that 95 percent of congregations surveyed report that they use email to...
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February 21, 2010
The Episcopal Church's Executive Council heard here Feb. 21 that church membership and Sunday attendance continued to decline in 2008, but also heard a call for the church to promote knowledge of the characteristics of growing congregations. During his statistic-laden hour-long report, Kirk Hadaway, the church's program officer for congregational research, told the council that...