Where Do New Members Come From?

Deborah Bruce and Joelle Anderson recently co-authored an article exploring research about the makeup of new church members.  More specifically, they considered who is joining Presbyterian (PCUSA) congregations.  They report that "in the typical PC(USA) congregation about three in ten worshipers are new people who began attending there in the past five years."  These newcomers can be grouped into four categories: First-timers with no church background.  Only 8% of new people in Read More …

Theology on Tap / Theology Pub Discussion Starters

Adam Walker Cleaveland is Minister for Youth and Young Adults at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, CA.  At 31, he is among the younger voices of note in the emerging church movement and a co-founder of Presbymergent.  Adam is a candidate in the Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination process as well as a prolific and thoughtful blogger, writing primarily on his sites: PomoMusings and DazedDad.  To connect with him, view his flickr stream, follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook, or Read More …