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

October 21, 2010

A free tool which charts 11-year trends called Studying Your Congregation and Community is now available to assist Episcopal congregations and dioceses in a myriad of applications, including stewardship, short- and long-term planning, and strategic development.

"Important congregational and diocesan tracking information is available on the Episcopal Church website allowing a look at an 11 year comparative profile," explained C. Kirk Hadaway, Ph.D., Episcopal Church Officer for Congregational Research. "The 11-year congregational trend charts are an invaluable tool in understanding patterns and working towards a strategy for the future."

Available at and by clicking Studying Your Congregation and Community, the data are easily accessed with pull-down menus for selecting dioceses and congregations.

The resulting info on membership, average Sunday attendance, and Plate & Pledge giving is available by diocese and congregation ranging from 1999 to the recently added 2009.

Newly included in these offerings from the Research Office for congregations is a community profile, which updates the former zip code report.

"We recently added this new feature to the site, which is a downloadable detailed demographic profile of the community surrounding each of our domestic congregations," Hadaway explained. "Previously, we had a zip code profile, but the new profile is a 15-page, 1-mile radius portrait from MissionInsite. These two products are available to anyone and any congregation, again without cost or logging in."

This valuable data, he noted, is available for free. "This is a $200 report that is available for no charge, and no need to log in," he added.

For more information contact Christine Kandic at

Research offerings

This congregational tool is among the many offered by the Episcopal Church Research Office. Others include the data that is derived from the annual Parochial Report. Hadaway noted that the 2010 Parochial Report process begins with the December mailing of forms, and concludes in 2011 with the diocesan deadline of March 1.


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