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July 2011 / Volume 4 / Issue 1
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Beyond the Gods and Back: Religion's Demise and Rise and Why It Matters
by Reginald Bibby, Lethbridge: Project Canada Books, 2011. 256 pp. $24.95
reviewed by Joel Thiessen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Ambrose University College

Since the '70s Reginald Bibby has been researching religion in Canada and interpreting what it says about Canadians. Now, four decades later, Bibby sees a nation increasingly polarized between believers and non-believers. Joel Thiessen reviews this summative work of Canada's elder statesman of the study of religion evaluating what Bibby has to say about where we have been, where we are, and where we might be going as a nation.

Canadian Evangelical Congregational Full-time and Part-time Staffing Complements, 2003-2009
by Rick Hiemstra, Director of Research and Media Relations, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
How is the role of part-time staff changing the shape of evangelical congregational staffing complements? Are evangelical congregations having trouble finding staff? How might the the changing shape of congregational staffing complements change the delivery of Christian higher education? This paper examines the Charitable Information Return staffing data from over 5,000 evangelical congregations to answer these questions and more.

Canadian Evangelical Congregational Staff Compensation, 2003-2009
by Rick Hiemstra, Director of Research and Media Relations, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
How much do evangelical congregations invest in compensation for their staff? Does the percentage of total income invested in compensation change depending on the size of your congregation or by whether your congregation is in a rural or urban setting? How does the size of a congregation's staffing complement affect the compensation staff are paid? How has compensation changed between 2003 and 2009? This paper examines the Charitable Information Returns of more than 5,000 congregations to answer these questions and more.

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