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Studying Your Congregation and Community: free tool provides info on congregational, diocesan trends

February 19, 2015
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The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has posted information to help congregations and dioceses understand the demographics of their areas, an important tool for growth and vision processes. The information, Studying Your Congregation and Community, is available for no fee here 

Studying Your Congregation and Community allows users to easily download customized MissionInsite demographic profiles based on a 3-mile radius around their congregations.  These community profiles include 2010 Census data, demographic estimates through 2014, and projections through 2019. 

“This free feature has proven helpful for congregations and dioceses of all sizes in strategic planning and development,” explained C. Kirk Hadaway, Ph.D., Officer for Congregational Research for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society “The uses include such applications as stewardship, short- and long-term planning, and strategic development.”

Additionally, the congregational 11-year Participation and Giving trend charts, called Church Charts online, have been updated with 2013 Parochial Report information, which is the most recent available.

Be sure to check the Research & Statistics page here for additional important congregational information including Parochial Report filing process, due to dioceses March 1. 

For more information contact Christine Kandic, Congregational Research Assistant for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.




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