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The bibliographic list below contains references to scholarly writings on congregations organized around the broad categories used in the congregational studies book, Studying Congregations: A New Handbook.
Ammerman, Nancy T., Jackson W. Carroll, Carl S. Dudley, and William McKinney, editors. 1998. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook. Nashville: Abingdon. Buy it now
Bolman, Lee G. and Terrence E. Deal. 1991. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W., Carl S. Dudley, and William McKinney. 1986. Handbook for Congregational Studies. Nashville: Abingdon Press. This book is available for download on this site!
Carroll, Jackson W., Barbara Hargrove, and Adair T. Lummis. 1983. Women of the Cloth. New York: Harper and Row. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W. 1986. Ministry as Reflective Practice. Washington: The Alban Institute. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W. and Robert Wilson. 1980. Too Many Pastors: The Clergy Job Market. New York: Pilgrim Press. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W., Douglas W. Johnson and Martin E. Marty. 1977. Religion in America, 1950 to Present. New York: Harper and Row. Buy it now
Dorsey, Gary. 1995. Congregation: The Journey Back to Church. New York: Viking. Buy it now
Douglass, H. Paul and Edmund de Brunner, S. 1935. The Protestant Church as a Social Institution. New York: Harper and Row.
Dudley, Carl S., ed. 1983. Building Effective Ministry. San Francisco: Harper & Row. Buy it now
Dudley, Carl S., Jackson W. Carroll, and James P Wind, editors. 1991. Carriers of Faith: Lessons from Congregational Studies. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox. Buy it now
Evans, Robert A., G. Douglass Lewis, and Marjorie Hall Davis. 1981. Explorations in Faith. Washington, DC: The Alban Institute. Buy it now
Freedman, Samuel G. 1993. Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church. New York: HarperCollins. Buy it now
Hartman, Keith. 1998. Congregations in Conflict: The Battle Over Homosexuality. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Buy it now
Hartley, Lloyde H. 1984. Understanding Church Finances: The Economics of the Local Church. New York: The Pilgrim Press. Buy it now
Heilman, Samuel. 1973. Synagogue Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Buy it now
Hoge, Dean, Jackson W. Carroll and Francis K. Scheets. 1989. Patterns of Parish Leadership: Kansas City: Sheed and Ward. Buy it now
Hoge, Dean R. and David A. Roozen, eds. 1979. Understanding Church Growth and Decline. New York: Pilgrim Press. Buy it now
Hough, Joseph C, Jr. and Barbara G. Wheeler, editors. 1988. Beyond Clericalism: The Congregation as a Focus for Theological Education. Atlanta: Scholars Press. Buy it now
Johnson, Robert W. (ed.). 1981. Being the Church: Developing and Sharing our Ministry. Washington, DC: The Alban Institute.
Lincoln, C. Eric and Lawrence H. Mamiya. 1990. The Black Church in the African American Experience. Durham: Duke University Press. Buy it now
McKinney, William, David A. Roozen, and Jackson W. Carroll. 1982. Religion's Public Presence: Community Leaders Assess the Contribution of Churches and Synagogues. Washington, DC: The Alban Institute. Buy it now
Roozen, David A. and C. Kirk Hadaway, editors. 1993. Church and Denominational Growth. Nashville: Abingdon. This book available for download on this site!
Roozen, David A., William McKinney, and Jackson W. Carroll. 1984. Varieties of Religious Presence. New York: Pilgrim Press. Buy it now
Thung, Mady. 1976. The Precarious Organization: Sociological Explorations of the Church's Mission and Structure. The Hague: Mouton.
Warner, R. Stephen. 1988. New Wine in Old Wineskins. Berkeley: University of California Press. Buy it now
________. 1994. "The Place of the Congregation in the Contemporary American Religious Configuration." Pp. 54-99 in American Congregations: New Perspectives in the Study of Congregations, edited by James Wind and James Lewis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Buy it now
Warner, R. Stephen and Judith Wittner, editors. 1998. Gatherings in Diaspora. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Buy it now
Wilkes, Paul. 1994. And They Shall Be My People: An American Rabbi and His Congregation. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. Buy it now
Williams, Melvin D. 1974. Community in a Black Pentecostal Church. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. Buy it now
Wind, James P. and James W. Lewis, eds. 1994. American Congregations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Buy it now
Ammerman, Nancy T. 1997. Congregation and Community. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Buy it now
Dudley, Carl S. 1991. Basic Steps Toward Community Ministries. Washington: Alban Institute.
________. 1996. Next Steps in Community Ministry. Bethesda, Maryland: Alban Institute. Buy it now
________. 1997. How Churches Launch New Community Ministries. Bloomington: Indiana University.
Eiesland, Nancy. 2000. A Particular Place: Urban Restructuring and Religious Ecology. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Buy it now
Green, Clifford, J., editor. 1996. Churches, Cities, and Human Community: Urban Ministry in the United States 1945-1985. Eerdmans. Buy it now
Gunderson, Gary. 1997. Deeply Woven Roots: Improving the Quality of Life in Your Community. Philadelphia: Fortress. Buy it now
Kretzmann, John and John L. McKnight. 1993. Building Communities from the Inside Out. Chicago: Center for Urban Affairs, Northwestern University. Buy it now
McGreevy, John T. 1996. Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Buy it now
Morisy, Ann. 1997. Beyond the Good Samaritan: Community Ministry and Mission. London: Mowbray. Buy it now
Sample, Tex. 1990. U. S. Lifestyles and Mainline Churches. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox. Buy it now
Wuthnow, Robert. 1998. Loose Connections: Joining Together in America's Fragmented Communities. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. Buy it now
Ammerman, Nancy Tatom. 1987. Bible Believers: Fundamentalists in the Modern World. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Buy it now
Becker, Penny Edgell and Nancy L. Eiesland, editors. 1997. Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader. Walnut Creek, Cal.: AltaMira Press. Buy it now
Dodson, Jualynne E. and Cheryl Townsend Gilkes. 1995. "There's Nothing Like Church Food." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 63:519-38.
Ducey, Michael. 1977. Sunday Morning: Aspects of Urban Ritual. New York: Free Press. Buy it now
Dudley, Carl S. and Sally A. Johnson. 1993. Energizing the Congregation: Images That Shape Your Church's Ministry. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox. Buy it now
Foster, Charles R. and Theodore Brelsford. 1996. We Are the Church Together: Cultural Diversity in Congregational Life. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International. Buy it now
Hadaway, C. Kirk, Penny Long Marler, and Mark Chaves. 1993. "What the Polls Don't Show: A Closer Look at U. S. Church Attendance." American Sociological Review 58(6):741-52.
Hall, David, editor. 1997. Lived Religion in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Buy it now
Hopewell, James F. 1987. Congregation: Stories and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. Buy it now
Kim, Ai Ra. 1996. Women Struggling for a New Life: The Role of Religion in the Cultural Passage from Korea to America. Albany: State University of New York Press. Buy it now
Kostarelos, Frances. 1995. Feeling the Spirit: Faith and Hope in an Evangelical Black Storefront Church. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. Buy it now
Miller, Donald E. 1997. Reinventing American Protestantism. Berkeley: University of California Press. Buy it now
Nelson, Timothy J. 1996. "Sacrifice of Praise: Emotion and Collective Participation in an African-American Worship Service." Sociology of Religion 57(4):379-96.
________. 1997. "He Made a Way Out of No Way: Religious Experience in an African-American Congregation." Review of Religious Research 39(1):5-26.
Numrich, Paul David. 1995. Old Wisdom in the New World: Americanization in Immigrant Theravada Buddhist Temples. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press. Buy it now
Pattillo-McCoy, Mary. 1998. "Church Culture as a Strategy of Action in the Black Community." American Sociological Review 63:767-84.
Roof, Wade Clark. 1993. A Generation of Seekers. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco. Buy it now
Webb, Joseph M. 1998. Preaching and the Challenge of Pluralism. Chalice Press. Buy it now
Webber, Robert. 1998. Planning Blended Worship: The Creative Mixture of Old and New. Nashville: Abingdon Press. Buy it now
Wind, James P. 1990. Places of Worship. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History. Buy it now
Wood, Richard L. 1999. "Religious Culture and Political Action." Sociological Theory 17(3):307-32.
Wuthnow, Robert. 1994. Producing the Sacred. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Buy it now
________. 1994. Sharing the Journey. New York: Free Press. Buy it now
Zuckerman, Phil. 1998. Strife in the Sanctuary. Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira. Buy it now
Becker, Penny Edgell. 1999. Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W., editor. 1977. Small Churches Are Beautiful. New York: Harper & Row. Buy it now
Gillespie, Joanna B. 1993. "Gender and Generations in Congregations." Pp. 167-221 in Episcopal Women, edited by Catherine Prelinger. New York: Oxford University Press. Buy it now
Gillespie, Joanna Bowen. 1995. Women Speak: Of God, Congregations and Change. Valley Forge, Penn.: Trinity Press International. Buy it now
Halverstadt, Hugh F. 1991. Managing Church Conflict. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox. Buy it now
Leas, Speed B. and George Parson. 1993. Understanding Your Congregation as a System. Washington: Alban Institute. Buy it now
Marler, Penny Long. 1995. "Lost in the Fifties." Pp. 23-60 in Work, Family and Religion in Contemporary Society, edited by Nancy Tatom Ammerman and Wade Clark Roof. New York: Routledge. Buy it now
Marler, Penny Long and David A. Roozen. 1993. "From Church Tradition to Consumer Choice: The Gallup Surveys of the Unchurched American." Pp. 253-77 in Church and Denominational Growth, edited by David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway. Nashville: Abingdon. Buy it now
Olsen, Charles M. 1995. Transforming Church Boards Into Communities of Spiritual Leaders. Bethesda, Maryland: Alban Institute. Buy it now
Olson, Daniel V., A. 1989. "Church Friendships: Boon or Barrier to Church Growth?"." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 28(4):432-47.
Roof, Wade Clark. 1978. Community and Commitment. New York: Elsevier. Buy it now
Roozen, David A. n.d. The Political Frame. Working Paper #9508. Hartford, Connecticut: Hartford Institute for Religious Research.
Routhage, Arlin J. n.d. Sizing Up a Congregation for New Member Ministry. New York: Episcopal Church Center. Buy it now
Saarinen, Martin F. 1986. The Life Cycle of a Congregation. Washington: Alban Institute. Buy it now
Toth, John F., Jr. 1999. "Power and Paradox in an African American Congregation." Review of Religious Research 40(3):213-29.
Hoge, Dean R., Charles Zech, Patrick McNamara, and Michael J. Donahue. 1996. Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Buy it now
Mead, Loren. 1998. Financial Meltdown in the Mainline Churches. Bethesda, Maryland: Alban Institute.
Wuthnow, Robert. 1997. The Crisis in the Churches: Spiritual Malaise, Fiscal Woe. New York: Oxford University Press. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W. 1991. As One With Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox. Buy it now
Hahn, Celia Allison. 1994. Growing Authority: Relinquishing Control. Bethesda, Maryland: Alban Institute. Buy it now
Wimberly, Edward P. 1997. Recalling Our Own Stories: Spiritual Renewal for Religious Caregivers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Buy it now
Anderson, Herbert and Edward Foley. 1998. Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Buy it now
Arbuckle, Gerald A., S.M. 1990. Earthing the Gospel: An Inculturation Handbook. Orbis. Buy it now
Bass, Dorothy. 1997. Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for Searching People. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Buy it now
Browning, Donald S. 1991. A Fundamental Practical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress. Buy it now
Dulles, Avery. 1974. Models of the Church. New York: Doubleday. Buy it now
Fowler, James. 1991. Weaving the New Creation. San Francisco: Harper. Buy it now
Green, Laurie. 1990. Let's Do Theology: A Pastoral Cycle Resource Book. London: Mowbray.
Guder, Darrell and Lois Barrett, editors. 1998. Missional Church: A Vision of the Sending of the Church in North America. Eerdmans. Buy it now
Gustafson, James M. 1961. Treasure in Earthen Vessels. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Buy it now
Hinsdale, Mary Ann, Helen M. Lewis, and S. Maxine Waller. 1995. It Comes from the People: Community Development and Local Theology. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Buy it now
Kelley, James L. 1997. Skeptic in the House of God. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Buy it now
Martin, Robert K. 1997. "Congregational Studies and Critical Pedagogy in Theological Perspective." Theological Education 33(2):121-46.
Ruether, Rosemary Radford. 1988. Women-Church: Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities. San Francisco: Harper & Row. Buy it now
Villafane, Eldin. 1995. Seek the Peace of the City: Reflections on Urban Ministry. Eerdmans. Buy it now
Winter, Miriam Therese, Adair Lummis, and Allison Stokes. 1994. Defecting in Place: Women Claiming Responsibility for Their Own Spiritual Lives. New York: Crossroad. Buy it now
Carroll, Jackson W., Barbara G. Wheeler, Daniel O. Aleshire, and Penny Long Marler. 1997. Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools. New York: Oxford University Press. Buy it now
Claman, Victor N. 1994. Acting on Your Faith: Congregations Making a Difference. Boston: Insights. Buy it now
Daloz, Laurent Parks, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen, and Sharon Daloz Parks. 1996. Common Fire: Lives of Commitment in a Complex World. Boston: Beacon Press. Buy it now
Fitzgerald, Frances. 1986. Cities on a Hill. New York: Simon and Schuster. Buy it now
Gallagher, Nora. 1998. Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith. New York: Knopf. Buy it now
Hoge, Dean R., Benton Johnson, and Donald A. Luidens. 1994. Vanishing Boundaries: The Religion of Mainline Protestant Baby Boomers. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox. Buy it now
Roof, Wade Clark and William McKinney. 1987. American Mainline Religion. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Buy it now
Shokeid, Moshe. 1995. A Gay Synagogue in New York. New York: Columbia University Press. Buy it now
Taylor, Clarence. 1994. The Black Churches of Brooklyn. New York: Columbia University Press. Buy it now
Wuthnow, Robert. 1988. The Restructuring of American Religion. Princeton: PrincetonUniversity Press. Buy it now