EGC has been documenting the changing landscape of churches in Boston since 1970. In analyzing the various editions of The Boston Church Directory, we identified The Quiet Revival: contrary to popular perception, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of churches in Boston over the past 40 years. This growth has largely gone unnoticed because it has occurred largely in non-white, ethnic churches and immigrant communities.
Here are three articles published in the Emmanuel Research Review that describe EGC's method of study churches and some of our key findings.
Surveying Churches-In this article, we discuss how to do a church survey, which is the basis for information in EGC’s Boston Church Directory. In addition to describing the process of a survey, the article by Rudy Mitchell and Steve Daman details some of the initial findings of the 2005-2006 survey.
Surveying Churches II: The Changing Church System in Boston-In this issue, we continue our discussion on what we are learning from our research for The Boston Church Directory. In our first article, The Changing Shape of Boston’s Church Community, Rudy Mitchell provides an overview and analysis of the historical stages of Christianity and church development in Boston from 1630 to present. The Boston Church Directory Project History catalogs the steps in EGC church research reports and findings, from our 1970-baseline project to the present. Then, in The Growing Edge of Boston’s Church Community, Brian Corcoran focuses on the more recent activity of Christianity in Boston (2001-2006) especially with regard to the number and nature of churches planted during this timeframe, and the trends we see among new churches.
Surveying Churches III: Facts that Tell a Story-In this article we present some “Facts to Ponder” that have surfaced from our research, and some of the raw data behind those facts.