U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Leader Survey

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FUTDIREC

Of the following, which one best describes your opinion of the future directions of this congregation?
  1) We need to get back to the way we did things in the past
  2) We are faithfully maintaining past directions
  3) We are currently deciding on new directions
  4) We are currently moving in new directions
  5) We need to rethink where we are heading
  6) Our future is very unclear or doubtful
  7) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past 1 .3% .3% -2.61
We are faithfully maintaining past directions 35 9.9% 10.2% -1.68
We are currently deciding on new directions 108 30.6% 40.8% -.74
We are currently moving in new directions 128 36.3% 77.1% .2
We need to rethink where we are heading 58 16.4% 93.5% 1.14
Our future is very unclear or doubtful 21 5.9% 99.4% 2.07
Don't know 2 .6% 100% 3.01

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

Under 40 years old 40 to 49 years old 50 to 59 years old 60 years or older TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.9%
1
0.3%
1
We are faithfully maintaining past directions 10.5%
4
6.7%
4
10.3%
14
9.6%
11
9.5%
33
We are currently deciding on new directions 28.9%
11
38.3%
23
31.6%
43
27.0%
31
30.9%
108
We are currently moving in new directions 39.5%
15
41.7%
25
36.0%
49
32.2%
37
36.1%
126
We need to rethink where we are heading 18.4%
7
6.7%
4
15.4%
21
22.6%
26
16.6%
58
Our future is very unclear or doubtful 2.6%
1
6.7%
4
5.9%
8
7.0%
8
6.0%
21
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.9%
1
0.6%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
38
100.0%
60
100.0%
136
100.0%
115

349


Education (I-EDUC)

Completed high school Trade certificate Associate degree Bachelor's degree from a university or college Master's, doctorate or other graduate degree TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.8%
1
0.3%
1
We are faithfully maintaining past directions 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
11.3%
25
7.5%
9
9.7%
34
We are currently deciding on new directions 0.0%
0
33.3%
2
33.3%
1
31.2%
69
30.0%
36
30.8%
108
We are currently moving in new directions 100.0%
1
50.0%
3
66.7%
2
32.1%
71
41.7%
50
36.2%
127
We need to rethink where we are heading 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
17.6%
39
15.8%
19
16.5%
58
Our future is very unclear or doubtful 0.0%
0
16.7%
1
0.0%
0
7.2%
16
3.3%
4
6.0%
21
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
0.8%
1
0.6%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
1
100.0%
6
100.0%
3
100.0%
221
100.0%
120

351


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past 0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
We are faithfully maintaining past directions 12.0%
31
3.3%
3
9.7%
34
We are currently deciding on new directions 32.0%
83
26.4%
24
30.6%
107
We are currently moving in new directions 36.7%
95
35.2%
32
36.3%
127
We need to rethink where we are heading 13.9%
36
24.2%
22
16.6%
58
Our future is very unclear or doubtful 4.6%
12
9.9%
9
6.0%
21
Don't know 0.4%
1
1.1%
1
0.6%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
259
100.0%
91

350


Theology (I-THEOLOGY)

Very conservative Conservative Right in the middle Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.9%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
We are faithfully maintaining past directions 33.3%
3
18.1%
15
6.8%
8
5.9%
7
4.3%
1
9.7%
34
We are currently deciding on new directions 22.2%
2
27.7%
23
32.5%
38
33.9%
40
21.7%
5
30.9%
108
We are currently moving in new directions 11.1%
1
31.3%
26
33.3%
39
42.4%
50
47.8%
11
36.3%
127
We need to rethink where we are heading 22.2%
2
15.7%
13
21.4%
25
12.7%
15
8.7%
2
16.3%
57
Our future is very unclear or doubtful 11.1%
1
4.8%
4
5.1%
6
5.1%
6
17.4%
4
6.0%
21
Don't know 0.0%
0
2.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
9
100.0%
83
100.0%
117
100.0%
118
100.0%
23

350

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