The Office of Congregational Development
administers a national demographic study for the Episcopal Church,
contracted with PERCEPT Group, Inc. The study identified 1800 population
centers representing 95 percent of the U.S. population. An overview
of each "PopCenter" has been compiled into six page reports, know
as "First View". The First View report provides a general look at
a geographic area's population density and diversity (race, age,
income, religious preferences). The report provides a limited sampling
of the demographic data PERCEPT analyses and is a useful indicator
to determine whether an in-depth demographic study of an area is
warranted. An in-depth analysis of a PopCenter is most commonly
used when considering starting a new congregation, or the re-development
of an existing congregation.
the value of the products, the national church is providing one
First View Report to each diocese for FREE, upon its request and
identification of the population center in which there is interest.
Thereafter First Views can be accessed at a charge of $30 per site.
the national contract with PERCEPT has made available additional
demographic reports at discounted rates for dioceses that do not
have active PERCEPT Vista contracts. These products are:
- The Ministry Area Profile (MAP),
with the Compass report. The MAP/Compass report presents an extensive
profile of the local congregation's neighborhood (a selected area
defined by the congregation), including basic demographics, religious
preferences, and primary life concerns. And:
- The ReVision report. The ReVision
report is most often used by an existing congregation seeking
new growth. This report includes most MAP/Compass findings, a
congregational survey, a guidebook for taking a congregation through
the revisioning process, and biblical reflections with exercises
designed to help a congregation determine if they are "a church
for themselves or for their community".
may order up to six (6) of these products at discounted rates. The
order can comprise up to three (3) MAP/Compass reports, and up to
three (3) ReVision reports. All the chosen produces must be ordered
at one time. The diocese will receive a discounted price of $150
per MAP report (retail $340) and $595 per ReVision report (retain
$795). To place an order for the MAP/Compass report or the ReVision
report, diocese should call PERCEPT (800-442-6277) and request referral
to a PERCEPT Regional Director. Dioceses that have an active VISTA
contract will receive a $500 credit toward additional PERCEPT products.