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You’ve just received a copy of your congregation’s Context Report and are now ready to begin the rewarding experience of gleaningContextCov-143.gif (9916 bytes) information that can assist your congregation in establishing goals, planning programs, strengthening your evangelism efforts – even designing a new building! The uses for a Context Report are endless. This study guide is provided for churches that will not be using the Context Report as a part of ReVision (Percept’s more extensive planning tool) but will be using the information for other purposes. This Study Guide will walk you through a sample Context Report and teach you how to create your own “core story” with applications of your Context Report data to your congregation’s specific needs. But first, let’s review some important information about the Context Report.
Where does the information in our Context Report come from?
The community information provided in Context is derived from many reliable sources. Much of the information comes from the latest census conducted by the U.S. Che community information provided in Context is derived from many reliable sourcensus Bureau. Demographic updates and projections are provided by Claritas, the recognized leader in the demographic industry for over 20 years.
Religious-related data is derived from Percept’s exclusive Ethos database, the only comprehensive source of local community religious projections available in the United States. The high value and accuracy of the Ethos database has contributed to Percept being honored as one of the top 100 Information Resource firms in the country by American Demographics magazine.
The second set of information for your Context Report comes from the Congregational Survey that your church completed earlier. This survey was formatted to make the data from your congregation easily comparable to data from your community.