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"Transforming Churches" Case Studies
"Transforming Churches" is a series of case studies, prepared by the Episcopal Church's Office of Research, that offers in-depth analyses of Episcopal parishes in many different contexts and geographical locations that were able to either reverse decline or continue substantial growth and find ways to thrive in the 21st century.
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"Renewal and Revival at St. John’s, Roanoke, Virginia" by C. Kirk Hadaway, director of Research for the Episcopal Church, relates how the largest parish in its diocese rebounded after losing many members during a period of conflict. Its turnaround was due not only to a new rector, but to strong lay leadership, a welcoming congregation, and the willingness to change. 

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. 
 
CONTACT: Kirk Hadaway, officer for Research
 
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