Hartford Seminary findings

/ 11 August 2010

Hat tip to PrettyGoodLutherans for a brief commentary and pointer to the recently-released Hartford Seminary study that notes the following:

  • The location of a congregation is less important today than 20 years ago
  • Helping church members develop relationships with one another is critical. Small groups are an effective means.
  • Contemporary worship attracts new members more than traditional forms
  • Social justice work is critical to drawing new church members
  • Church websites are critical. (Potential members are more likely to check out a congregation first through its website than take the time to visit a worship service.) </ul>

    I'm going to need to read the report at more length to discern how strong these conclusions are, but the last two in particular excite me!