Category: data

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Evangelism and race in the Episcopal Church

Back in July, an article on evangelism and race was the cover story in Christianity Today (“Dear Pastor, Can I Come to Your Church?”). The author set out to answer a vital question, “Do Christian churches in the United States actually welcome people from different racial and ethnic groups?” Turns out, the Episcopal Church does not have a good record on race and evangelism.

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Tangled Up in Blue: State of the Church

We come to the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church. If you read only one report in the Blue Book, make it this one. It’s just over 20 pages long, with about 15 pages of appendices, all chock full of data on the vitality of the Episcopal Church.

Do numbers matter?

A couple of recent conversations have led me to revisit an unending topic of debate in the world of church leadership. Do numbers matter when it comes to looking at our churches? Should we...

ACNA by the numbers

Over at some conservative Anglican websites (for example, here or here), one of the favorite pastimes is to post statistics of the Episcopal Church or of particular parishes and scoff at the decline in numbers....

A dashboard for your congregation?

No, I’m not talking about dashboard Jesus. In fact, we’re talking about virtual dashboards. It seems that the Methodists have been experimenting with the idea of “dashboards” to provide up-to-date indicators on congregational health....

River maps

Maps are among the many things I love, especially creative maps. Harry Beck’s masterful map of the London Tube is pure genius. In that vein, perhaps you will enjoy these river maps. Below you...

Let me eat cake

There’s a lot of lousy stuff happening in the world. In my own life, I’ve had more than my share of stress lately. (Think “crowds with torches” level of stress.) Well, I could use...

Top 10 of Oh-Ten!

Here are the Top 10 posts on 7WD this year, based on page views. Draw whatever conclusions you like. In any case, have fun reliving great moments on 7WD! In support of Dan Martins...

The economics of climate change

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times had a fantastic article by Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman on building a Green Economy. It’s the best writing on this issue I’ve read. Covering both...