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The Ministry and the Message: Christian Leaders in Contemporary Visual and Print Media

Drawing upon fictional portrayals of ministers, priests and nuns, researcher Joyce Smith found that most times, fictional clergy tend to be background characters. But in contrast, after 9/11, she found that news media mentions of Christian leaders peaked in the weeks after the attack. Despite a generalized lack of interest and reporting, Smith contends that the most powerful and popular portrayals of Christian leaders are those modeled on real people, or created in cooperation with real clerics. Read the full report, The Ministry and the Message: What Americans See and Read About Their Leaders available from Pulpit & Pew. A related summary of Smith's research is also available.

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$1 Million Grant Helps Rural Clergy to Thrive and Flourish

Campbell University has received a grant of $995,627 to help establish the Fellowship for Clergy in Rural and...

Sermon Resources by Carl Dudley

 The Christian Ministry magazineThe Layperson's-eye View--January/February 1999The Common Touch--November/December...

Lilly Endowment Grant Supports Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church has an important partner as it responds to shifts in the religious landscape. In 2018, the Lilly...

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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