PEW Studies bearing directly or indirectly on Congregational Life

Several YouTube videos summarizing research by the PEW Research Center that bears on congregational life, available time and energy, and changing religious and spiritual convictions. [Some have introductory commercials—Sorry!]

  • How the U.S. public became less religious
    Published on Nov 3, 2015

    "Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person. An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years."

  • Why the U.S. public became less religious—PBS News Hour
    Published on May 12, 2015

    "While the U.S. is still an overwhelmingly Christian country, since 2007 there has been a notable drop in the number of Americans who call themselves such, and the number of people who don’t identify as any religion has risen dramatically. Jeffrey Brown talks to Alan Cooperman of the Pew Research Center, which conducted the latest survey, and Rev. Serene Jones of the Union Theological Seminary."

Some Changes in the larger society that have influenced the church and its members:

  • The Changing American Family
    Published on Apr 30, 2014

    "The classic nuclear family, the kind imprinted on the American imagination by TV shows like Leave it to Beaver, has been left behind. In 1960, 37% of households included a married couple raising their own children. More than a half-century later, just 16% of households look like that."

  • Portrait of the Millennial Generation—Excerpt
    Published on Sep 25, 2013

    "An overview of the survey and expert analysis of the values, experiences and demographics of today's teens and twentysomethings. Panelists were: David Campbell, associate professor of political science, University of Notre Dame; Neil Howe, co-author, Millennials Rising; Mark Lopez, associate director, Pew Hispanic Center; Allison Pond, research associate, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life; and Paul Taylor, executive vice president, Pew Research Center."

  • Portrait of the Millennial Generation—Long Version
    Uploaded on Apr 29, 2011

    "An overview of the survey and expert analysis of the values, experiences and demographics of today's teens and twentysomethings. Panelists were: David Campbell, associate professor of political science, University of Notre Dame; Neil Howe, co-author, Millennials Rising; Mark Lopez, associate director, Pew Hispanic Center; Allison Pond, research associate, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life; and Paul Taylor, executive vice president, Pew Research Center."

  • How Working Parents are Sharing the Load
    Published on Nov 4, 2015

    "Working parents manage a complex balancing act at work and at home, but they are taking strides to share the load, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. WSJ Management Editor Nikki Waller joins Lunch Break. "

  • Millennials, Media and Information
    Uploaded on Apr 28, 2011

    "Experts on media and technology examined how Millennials are seeking, sharing and creating information. Panelists were: Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research New England and Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Dylan Casey, product manager, Google; Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project; and Tom Rosenstiel, director, Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism."

  • Religion and Electronic Media: One-in-Five Americans Share Their Faith Online
    "The survey suggests that religious engagement through TV, radio, music and the internet generally complements – rather than replaces – traditional kinds of religious participation, such as going to church. "