Resources for Research


·      Berlin – Gemeinsam für Berlin (Together for Berlin)

·      Boston – Emmanuel Gospel Center (EGC) –

·      South Africa

o   Jewels of Hope

o   Johannesburg Housing Company –



Note: EGC is engaged in a website makeover. We are working to migrate files from our old site to the new one as quickly as we can. Some of these resources may not be available right away.

·      New England’s Book of Acts. Stories of how God is growing the churches among many people groups and ethnic groups in Greater Boston.

·      What is the Quiet Revival? an overview:

What is the Quiet Revival? Fifty years ago, a church planting movement quietly took root in Boston. Since then, the number of churches within the city limits of Boston has nearly doubled.

·      Youth Violence System Project (YVSP)

o   YVSP Neighborhood Studies —

o   YVSP overview — Khary Bridgewater, et al, “A Community-Based Systems Learning Approach to Understanding Youth Violence in Boston,” Progress in Community Health Partnership: Research, Education, and Action)

·      Boston Church Directory — print editions 1989 to 2001; online condensed edition at

Other EGC studies (some available in print, all will be available online in the near future at

·      The Unsolved Leadership Challenge (2014; church planting and women in leadership)

·      Christianity in Boston (1993; discovery of Quiet Revival)

·      Educating Urban Christians in the 21st Century (1998; needs assessment study)

·      Youth Ministry in Boston (1995; needs assessment survey)

·      Studying Urban Communities (1994, and updates; questionnaire and study guide)



Center for the Study of Global Christianity: (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) does research to maintain the World Christian Database, which has data on over 5,000 cities. It also is the repository for research collected by the World Evangelisation Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Other resources include the World Christian Encyclopedia and the Atlas of Global Christianity. Director Todd Johnson.

Community Tool Box: a major, free online set of resources for anyone seeking to improve communities or foster social change. Among the 46 areas covered in English, Spanish and Arabic are several related to research: “Assessing Community Needs and Resources” (Ch. 3), Evaluation Research (Chs. 36-39), and “Analyzing Community Problems and Solutions” (Ch. 17). Associated with the Univ. of Kansas.

Global Research, International Mission Board (IMB) & Global Research Information Center

Lausanne International Researchers Network

Minneapolis - St. Paul City View Reports: by John A. Mayer; religious demographics of the twin cities.

Movement of African National Initiatives (MANI): Continental Coordinator, Reuben Ezemadu; research focused on discovering unreached groups.  

OC Research (Department of One Challenge International)

Operation World, Patrick Johnstone; prayer oriented research on all countries (7th ed.)



Conn, Harvie M., and Manuel Ortiz. Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, The City, and the People of God. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2001. See also Section 1 in Planting and Growing Urban Churches: From Dream to Reality, edited by Harvie M. Conn. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1997.

Conn, Harvie M. Urban Church Research: Methods and Models: Collected Readings. Philadelphia: Westminster Theological Seminary, 1985.

Dudley, Carl S. Community Ministry: New Challenges, Proven Steps to Faith Based Initiatives. Herndon, Virginia: Alban Institute, 2002. See especially part I.

Eisland, Nancy L. and R. Stephen Warner. “Ecology: Seeing the Congregation in Context.” In Studying Congregations: A New Handbook, edited by Nancy T. Ammerman, Jackson W. Carroll, Carl S. Dudley, and William McKinney. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.

Hadaway, C. Kirk. “Learning from Urban Church Research.” Urban Mission, January 1985, 33-44.

Lingenfelter, Judith. “Getting to Know Your New City.” In Discipling the City: A Comprehensive Approach to Urban Mission, 2nd edition, edited by Roger S. Greenway. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1992.

Monsma, Timothy M. “Research: Matching Goals and Methods to Advance the Gospel.” In Discipling the City: A Comprehensive Approach to Urban Mission, 2nd edition, edited by Roger S. Greenway. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1992.

Nussbaum, Stan. Breakthrough: Prayerful, Productive Field Research in Your Place of Ministry. 2nd edition. Colorado Springs, Colorado: GMI Research Services, 2011. Website for GMI Research -

Sider, Ronald J., Philip N. Olson, and Heidi Rolland Unruh. Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2002. See chapter 12.

Taylor, Dick. “Discovering Your Neighborhood’s Needs.” Sojourners, June 1979, 22-24.



Bergold, Jarg, and Stefan Thomas. “Participatory Research Methods: A Methodological Approach in Motion.” Forum: Qualitative Social Research 13, no. 1 (January 2012): Article 30. Special issue on participatory qualitative research and action research.

Beukes, Anni. “Know Your City: Community: Profiling of Informal Settlements.” IIED Briefing: Policy and Planning, June 2014, Importance and methods of gathering data on informal urban communities to work for community improvements.

Chevalier, Jacques, and Daniel J. Buckles. Handbook for Participatory Action Research, Planning and Evaluation. Ottawa, Canada: SAS2 Dialogue, 2013. Accessed 7 Oct. 2016.

Creswell, John W. Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches. 3nd edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2013. A practical book covering narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study approaches.

Denscombe, Martyn. The Good Research Guide for Small-Scale Social Research Projects. 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill / Open University Press, 2014. Contains helpful checklists, summaries, and text boxes highlighting the essentials of basic research methods.

Denzin, Norman K., and Yvonna S. Lincoln, editors. Handbook of Qualitative Research, 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2011. A standard text on the subject containing contributions from many leading international scholars.

DeWalt, Kathleen M., and Billie R. DeWalt. Participant Observation: A Guide for Fieldworkers. 2nd edition. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press, 2010.

Emerson, Robert M., Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. 2nd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.             Very specific and well-illustrated guidance on collecting and writing up ethnographic field observations.

Krueger, Richard R., and Mary Anne Casey. Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research. 5th edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2015.

Leedy, Paul D., and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod. Practical Research: Planning and Design. 11th edition. Upper Saddle River, N. J.: Pearson, 2015. This book has gone through many editions and is useful in many subject areas of research.

Mack, Natasha, Cynthia Woodsong, Kathleen M. MacQueen, Greg Guest, and Emily Namey. Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector’s Field Guide. Research Triangle Park, N.C.: Family Health International, 2005. Available free online at:  This resource is designed for use in international settings and developing countries.

Morgan, David L. Focus Groups as Qualitative Research. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1996. See also Morgan and R.A. Krueger, The Focus Group Kit (6 volumes also published by Sage).

Saldana, Johnny. The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers. 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2016. Coding is an important process in analyzing qualitative research data, and this book gives detailed examples and a great variety of methods used in coding.

Taylor, Steven J., Robert Bogdan, and Marjorie L. DeVault. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: A Guidebook and Resource. 4th edition. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2016. Contains extensive material on participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and working with qualitative data.

Weiss, Robert S. Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies. New York: The Free Press, 1994. Includes examples and excerpts from interview transcripts with comments.

Yin, Robert K. Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 5th edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2014. A standard work on case study research.