Evolving Visions of the Orthodox Priesthood in America: A National Study of the Orthodox Parish Clergy in the USA

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Respondent key (RESP_KEY)
2) Completed date (COMP_DT)
3) Survey ID (SURVEYID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL226132.49175
4) Orthodox Jurisdiction (denomination) (DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Orthodox Church in America11149.1
2) Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America11550.9
TOTAL226100.0
5) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Joy of celebration liturgy and administering sacraments (1.1) (JS_LITUR)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance22197.8
2) Some importance41.8
3) Little or no importance10.4
TOTAL226100.0
6) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Respect that comes to priestly office (1.2) (JS_RSPCT)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance7332.3
2) Some importance10446.0
3) Little or no importance4720.8
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
7) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Satisfaction in organizing and administering work of the Church (1.3) (JS_WORK)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance10747.3
2) Some importance10646.9
3) Little or no importance104.4
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
8) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Opportunity to exercise intellectual and creative abilities (1.4) (JS_ABLTS)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance12555.3
2) Some importance9240.7
3) Little or no importance83.5
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
9) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Spiritual security resulting from responding to the divine call (1.5) (JS_CALL)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance13057.5
2) Some importance6127.0
3) Little or no importance3113.7
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
10) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Challenge of being the leader of a Christian community (1.6) (JS_CHLNG)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance12053.1
2) Some importance7834.5
3) Little or no importance2711.9
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
11) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Engaging in efforts at social reform (1.7) (JS_REFRM)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance4519.9
2) Some importance10446.0
3) Little or no importance7231.9
9) No answer52.2
TOTAL226100.0
12) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Being part of a community of Christians who are working together to share the good news of the Gospel (1.8) (JS_GOSPL)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance18682.3
2) Some importance3314.6
3) Little or no importance62.7
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
13) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Opportunity to work with many people and be a part of their lives (1.9) (JS_PEOPL)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance17577.4
2) Some importance4017.7
3) Little or no importance104.4
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
14) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Satisfaction of preaching the Gospel (1.10) (JS_PRCH)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance20088.5
2) Some importance2410.6
3) Little or no importance20.9
TOTAL226100.0
15) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: 'Business' aspects of parish life: fundraising, building projects, etc. (1.11) (JS_BSNSS)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance3716.4
2) Some importance10747.3
3) Little or no importance8236.3
TOTAL226100.0
16) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: Other- specify (1.12) (JS_OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Great importance3615.9
2) Some importance20.9
3) Little or no importance41.8
9) No answer18481.4
TOTAL226100.0
17) There are many sources of satisfaction and joy in the life and work of a priest. Please, indicate how important each of the following is as a source of satisfaction to you: text for 'other' (1.12) (JS_TEXT)
18) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having greater opportunity for participation in decision making in my diocese/metropolis (2.1) (HM_DCSN)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful6026.5
2) Somewhat helpful10345.6
3) Not very helpful6026.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
19) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having greater freedom to run the parish as I see best (2.2) (HM_RUN)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful6127.0
2) Somewhat helpful10847.8
3) Not very helpful5223.0
9) No answer52.2
TOTAL226100.0
20) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having opportunity to be free from involvement in business affairs of parish, so that I can concentrate on liturgical life of a parish and spiritual needs of parishioners (2.3) (HM_NOBUS)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful8135.8
2) Somewhat helpful9542.0
3) Not very helpful4720.8
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
21) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having opportunity for training in leadership skills: conflict management, communications, etc. (2.4) (HM_TLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful10345.6
2) Somewhat helpful9240.7
3) Not very helpful2912.8
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
22) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having opportunity for training in organizational and financial skills: budgeting, investing, insurance, etc. (2.5) (HM_TORGF)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful4720.8
2) Somewhat helpful10847.8
3) Not very helpful6830.1
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
23) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having 'trained' deacons sharing pastoral duties (2.6) (HM_DEAC)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful14162.4
2) Somewhat helpful6629.2
3) Not very helpful177.5
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
24) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having more opportunity for personal spiritual development (2.7) (HM_SPRT)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful17677.9
2) Somewhat helpful4118.1
3) Not very helpful41.8
9) No answer52.2
TOTAL226100.0
25) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having more opportunity to share concerns and to communicate regularly with priests in other parishes and dioceses (2.8) (HM_COMM)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful11751.8
2) Somewhat helpful9341.2
3) Not very helpful167.1
TOTAL226100.0
26) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: More opportunity to discuss theological and pastoral issues in a public form (2.9) (HM_FORUM)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful9441.6
2) Somewhat helpful9943.8
3) Not very helpful3314.6
TOTAL226100.0
27) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having a greater feeling of fraternity among priests (2.10) (HM_FRAT)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful15066.4
2) Somewhat helpful6026.5
3) Not very helpful146.2
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
28) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Having more time available to spend with my family (2.11) (HM_FAMLY)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful15166.8
2) Somewhat helpful6629.2
3) Not very helpful73.1
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
29) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Other- specify (2.12) (HM_OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Would be very helpful208.8
9) No answer20691.2
TOTAL226100.0
30) Would any of the following be helpful in your priestly ministry: Text for 'other' (2.12) (HM_TEXT)
31) Comments for page 1 (CMMNT_P1)
32) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: For married priests only: from you wife (3.1) (SS_WIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support19184.5
2) Some support198.4
3) Little or no support20.9
9) No answer146.2
TOTAL226100.0
33) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your immediate family: children, siblings, parents (3.2) (SS_IMFAM)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support13158.0
2) Some support7633.6
3) Little or no support125.3
9) No answer73.1
TOTAL226100.0
34) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your extended family: in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. (3.3) (SS_EXFAM)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support6327.9
2) Some support8135.8
3) Little or no support7332.3
9) No answer94.0
TOTAL226100.0
35) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From fellow priests (3.4) (SS_PREIS)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support8035.4
2) Some support11450.4
3) Little or no support3113.7
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
36) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From non-priest friends (3.5) (SS_NONPR)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support6830.1
2) Some support11550.9
3) Little or no support4017.7
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
37) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your bishop (3.6) (SS_BISHP)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support11450.4
2) Some support7432.7
3) Little or no support3615.9
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
38) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your parishioners (3.7) (SS_PRSHN)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support11751.8
2) Some support9742.9
3) Little or no support104.4
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
39) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your parish council (3.8) (SS_CNCL)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support13057.5
2) Some support7533.2
3) Little or no support198.4
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
40) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your national headquarters of OCA-Syosset (3.9) (SS_OCA)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support2410.6
2) Some support8135.8
3) Little or no support11751.8
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
41) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From the non-Orthodox clergy in your local community (3.10) (SS_NORTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support135.8
2) Some support8035.4
3) Little or no support13158.0
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
42) In your priestly ministry, how much support do you experience from each of the following sources: From your local community in general (3.11) (SS_LOCAL)
TOTAL%
1) Strong support2611.5
2) Some support8537.6
3) Little or no support11149.1
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
43) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Lack a clear idea of what a priest is (4.1) (PP_CLEAR)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me41.8
2) Somewhat of a problem4519.9
3) Little or no problem to me17577.4
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
44) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Change in the concept of priesthood in modern society (4.2) (PP_CHNG)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me177.5
2) Somewhat of a problem10446.0
3) Little or no problem to me10446.0
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
45) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Absence of challenge in priestly work (4.3) (PP_CHALL)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me31.3
2) Somewhat of a problem3615.9
3) Little or no problem to me18481.4
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
46) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: The way authority is exercised in the Church (4.4) (PP_AUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me4620.4
2) Somewhat of a problem8537.6
3) Little or no problem to me9441.6
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
47) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Relationships with the lay leadership of the parish (4.5) (PP_LAYLD)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me167.1
2) Somewhat of a problem6830.1
3) Little or no problem to me14061.9
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
48) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Relationship with diocesan bishop (4.6) (PP_BISHP)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me125.3
2) Somewhat of a problem4218.6
3) Little or no problem to me17075.2
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
49) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Relevance of the work that priests do (4.7) (PP_REL)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me135.8
2) Somewhat of a problem4620.4
3) Little or no problem to me16271.7
9) No answer52.2
TOTAL226100.0
50) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Uncertainty about the future of the Church in America (4.8) (PP_FUTRE)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me4821.2
2) Somewhat of a problem8939.4
3) Little or no problem to me8838.9
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
51) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Unrealistic expectations and demands of parishioners (4.9) (PP_DEMND)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me3013.3
2) Somewhat of a problem10245.1
3) Little or no problem to me9441.6
TOTAL226100.0
52) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Social isolation, loneliness of priestly life (4.10) (PP_ISO)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me2511.1
2) Somewhat of a problem8638.1
3) Little or no problem to me11450.4
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
53) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Too much work (4.11) (PP_WORK)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me5825.7
2) Somewhat of a problem9441.6
3) Little or no problem to me7332.3
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
54) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Disagreements with parishioners about life of the parish (4.12) (PP_DISAG)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me188.0
2) Somewhat of a problem7633.6
3) Little or no problem to me13258.4
TOTAL226100.0
55) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Lack of opportunity for personal fulfillment and development (4.13) (PP_PRSNL)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me3013.3
2) Somewhat of a problem8035.4
3) Little or no problem to me11450.4
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
56) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Difficulty working with women (4.14) (PP_WMN)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me10.4
2) Somewhat of a problem198.4
3) Little or no problem to me20691.2
TOTAL226100.0
57) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Difficulty in sharing authority (4.15) (PP_SHARE)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me10.4
2) Somewhat of a problem4017.7
3) Little or no problem to me18280.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
58) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Difficulty of really reaching people today (4.16) (PP_REACH)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me3013.3
2) Somewhat of a problem11048.7
3) Little or no problem to me8537.6
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
59) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Being expected to represent the church teachings and policies that I have difficulty with (4.17) (PP_REP)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me73.1
2) Somewhat of a problem4017.7
3) Little or no problem to me17677.9
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
60) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Challenges of working with youth (4.18) (PP_YOUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me156.6
2) Somewhat of a problem7935.0
3) Little or no problem to me13258.4
TOTAL226100.0
61) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Challenges of working with converts to Orthodoxy from other Christian churches (4.19) (PP_CNVRT)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me62.7
2) Somewhat of a problem3515.5
3) Little or no problem to me18280.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
62) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Lack of foreign language skills (4.20) (PP_FLANG)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me188.0
2) Somewhat of a problem6830.1
3) Little or no problem to me13861.1
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
63) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Inadequate administrative support: secretaries, Sunday school teachers, candidates for parish board/Council, etc. (4.21) (PP_ADMIN)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me4419.5
2) Somewhat of a problem10245.1
3) Little or no problem to me7834.5
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
64) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Inadequate liturgical support: chanters, choir, altar boys, etc. (4.22) (PP_LITUR)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me2310.2
2) Somewhat of a problem6930.5
3) Little or no problem to me13258.4
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
65) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: Apathy among parishioners (4.23) (PP_APTHY)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me4821.2
2) Somewhat of a problem10948.2
3) Little or no problem to me6830.1
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
66) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: For married priests only: balancing time and priorities between parish life and my personal family life (4.24) (PP_BLNC)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me4519.9
2) Somewhat of a problem10546.5
3) Little or no problem to me6127.0
9) No answer156.6
TOTAL226100.0
67) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: For married priests only: raising children in the 'fishbowl' of parish life (4.25) (PP_CHILD)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me2410.6
2) Somewhat of a problem8236.3
3) Little or no problem to me10446.0
9) No answer167.1
TOTAL226100.0
68) There are many problems which priests face today. Please, indicate how important the following problems are to you on a day-to-day basis: For married priests only: Providing financially for my family (4.26) (PP_FINAN)
TOTAL%
1) Great problem to me7633.6
2) Somewhat of a problem8336.7
3) Little or no problem to me5122.6
9) No answer167.1
TOTAL226100.0
69) Comments for page 2 (CMMNT_P2)
70) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Clarification/standardization of salaries and benefits (5.1) (SD_SLRY)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed9240.7
2) Somewhat important to be discussed10847.8
3) Not important to be discussed135.8
4) Don't want it to be discussed114.9
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
71) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: The image and esteem of the priesthood today (5.2) (SD_IMAG)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed6528.8
2) Somewhat important to be discussed8336.7
3) Not important to be discussed6629.2
4) Don't want it to be discussed73.1
9) No answer52.2
TOTAL226100.0
72) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Emotional and psychosexual maturity of priests (5.3) (SD_MATUR)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed8437.2
2) Somewhat important to be discussed9039.8
3) Not important to be discussed3615.9
4) Don't want it to be discussed135.8
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
73) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Ordination of women (5.4) (SD_ORDNW)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed156.6
2) Somewhat important to be discussed3214.2
3) Not important to be discussed8336.7
4) Don't want it to be discussed9441.6
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
74) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: The lack of clear professional standards for priests (5.5) (SD_STDRD)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed4720.8
2) Somewhat important to be discussed11550.9
3) Not important to be discussed5423.9
4) Don't want it to be discussed62.7
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
75) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Problems of sexual misconduct by priests (5.6) (SD_SXMCT)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed7633.6
2) Somewhat important to be discussed10646.9
3) Not important to be discussed3314.6
4) Don't want it to be discussed83.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
76) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: The issue of 'ethnic' versus 'American' parishes (5.7) (SD_ETHNO)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed7935.0
2) Somewhat important to be discussed9039.8
3) Not important to be discussed5122.6
4) Don't want it to be discussed41.8
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
77) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: The process of selecting bishops (5.8) (SD_BSHOP)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed8838.9
2) Somewhat important to be discussed6930.5
3) Not important to be discussed4921.7
4) Don't want it to be discussed188.0
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
78) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Representation of the parish priests at decision making on the diocesan level (5.9) (SD_REPD)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed5725.2
2) Somewhat important to be discussed11149.1
3) Not important to be discussed4921.7
4) Don't want it to be discussed83.5
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
79) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Representation of the parish priests at the national Church level (5.10) (SD_REPN)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed6629.2
2) Somewhat important to be discussed10546.5
3) Not important to be discussed4720.8
4) Don't want it to be discussed62.7
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
80) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Recruiting priests from abroad- e.g., priests who are 'new immigrants' (5.11) (SD_RECAB)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed2410.6
2) Somewhat important to be discussed7935.0
3) Not important to be discussed9542.0
4) Don't want it to be discussed2511.1
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
81) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Recruiting priests from converts to Orthodoxy (5.12) (SD_RECCO)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed5825.7
2) Somewhat important to be discussed9742.9
3) Not important to be discussed6227.4
4) Don't want it to be discussed62.7
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
82) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Sharing ministry with laity (5.13) (SD_LAITY)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed7031.0
2) Somewhat important to be discussed11249.6
3) Not important to be discussed3415.0
4) Don't want it to be discussed83.5
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
83) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Problems of overwork (5.14) (SD_WORK)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed7432.7
2) Somewhat important to be discussed10044.2
3) Not important to be discussed4118.1
4) Don't want it to be discussed83.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
84) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Family problems of the Orthodox priests (5.15) (SD_FAMLY)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed8838.9
2) Somewhat important to be discussed11048.7
3) Not important to be discussed198.4
4) Don't want it to be discussed62.7
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
85) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Clergy divorces and remarriage of divorced priests (5.16) (SD_CDVRC)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed8939.4
2) Somewhat important to be discussed8035.4
3) Not important to be discussed3716.4
4) Don't want it to be discussed188.0
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
86) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Ordination prior to marriage (5.17) (SD_ORD)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed3113.7
2) Somewhat important to be discussed4319.0
3) Not important to be discussed8035.4
4) Don't want it to be discussed7131.4
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
87) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Relationship between mainstream American culture and traditions and requirements of the Orthodox Church (5.18) (SD_CLTRS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed9943.8
2) Somewhat important to be discussed8939.4
3) Not important to be discussed3013.3
4) Don't want it to be discussed62.7
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
88) Numerous issues relating to the priesthood are being discussed today and may have impact on your life as a priest. How important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas: Issue of youth and young adults leaving the Orthodox Church (5.19) (SD_YOUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed16773.9
2) Somewhat important to be discussed5223.0
3) Not important to be discussed62.7
4) Don't want it to be discussed10.4
TOTAL226100.0
89) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: The Orthodox Church needs to move faster in empowering lay persons in ministry (6) (CP_LAYMN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree94.0
2) Rather disagree3515.5
3) Neutral or unsure5524.3
4) Rather agree6830.1
5) Strongly agree5825.7
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
90) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: The idea that the priest is a 'man set apart' is a barrier to the full realization of true Christian community (7) (CP_APART)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree6428.3
2) Rather disagree6930.5
3) Neutral or unsure4319.0
4) Rather agree3415.0
5) Strongly agree135.8
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
91) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: Priests today need to be more involved with broad social and moral issues beyond their own parish's level (8) (CP_INVLV)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree146.2
2) Rather disagree3314.6
3) Neutral or unsure4620.4
4) Rather agree9441.6
5) Strongly agree3816.8
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
92) Comments for page 3 (CMMNT_P3)
93) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: The Orthodox Church in the US should welcome Roman Catholic priests and Protestant ministers who want to become Orthodox priests (9) (MC_RCP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree135.8
2) Rather disagree188.0
3) Neutral or unsure4218.6
4) Rather agree8537.6
5) Strongly agree6528.8
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
94) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I think it is a good idea if Orthodox parishes were to choose their own priest from among available ordained priests (10) (MC_PACHS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree6327.9
2) Rather disagree7432.7
3) Neutral or unsure4519.9
4) Rather agree3415.0
5) Strongly agree104.4
TOTAL226100.0
95) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I think it would be a good idea if the priests in a diocese were to choose their own bishop (11) (MC_BSHOP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree4118.1
2) Rather disagree3615.9
3) Neutral or unsure4519.9
4) Rather agree6428.3
5) Strongly agree4017.7
TOTAL226100.0
96) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: All Orthodox Christians should have the individual freedom to interpret the Scriptures and Orthodox tradition for themselves and be tolerant of differing interpretations (12) (MC_NTRPT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree15669.0
2) Rather disagree5022.1
3) Neutral or unsure62.7
4) Rather agree114.9
5) Strongly agree10.4
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
97) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I am willing to tolerate different viewpoints on Church life in my parish, even if it spills over into conflict sometimes (13) (MC_TOLER)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree4017.7
2) Rather disagree5624.8
3) Neutral or unsure3615.9
4) Rather agree8035.4
5) Strongly agree114.9
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
98) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: The Orthodox Church should allow its local parishes more freedom to explore new forms and patterns of liturgical life (14) (MC_NEWLI)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree11550.9
2) Rather disagree5825.7
3) Neutral or unsure208.8
4) Rather agree2711.9
5) Strongly agree62.7
TOTAL226100.0
99) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I can perfectly well imagine myself learning about Christian faith from the people in other (non-Orthodox) Christian churches (15) (MC_LEARN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree6127.0
2) Rather disagree4319.0
3) Neutral or unsure3716.4
4) Rather agree7432.7
5) Strongly agree83.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
100) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: It is important that public schools at all levels keep religion and religious issues out of classrooms (16) (MC_SEPRT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree6930.5
2) Rather disagree8135.8
3) Neutral or unsure3716.4
4) Rather agree2410.6
5) Strongly agree146.2
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
101) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I think it would be a good idea if priests could re-marry after becoming a widower or after divorces (17) (MC_REMAR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree8035.4
2) Rather disagree4017.7
3) Neutral or unsure4720.8
4) Rather agree3917.3
5) Strongly agree198.4
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
102) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I think it would be a good idea if marriage could happen after ordination (18) (MC_MAORD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree12254.0
2) Rather disagree4821.2
3) Neutral or unsure198.4
4) Rather agree2310.2
5) Strongly agree146.2
TOTAL226100.0
103) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I think it would be a good idea if bishops could be selected from among married clergy, in addition to celibate clergy (19) (MC_MABSP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree5725.2
2) Rather disagree3013.3
3) Neutral or unsure3515.5
4) Rather agree4921.7
5) Strongly agree5323.5
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
104) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I think it would be a good idea if women were ordained in the diaconate (20) (MC_ORDNW)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree9039.8
2) Rather disagree3314.6
3) Neutral or unsure3214.2
4) Rather agree3816.8
5) Strongly agree3013.3
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
105) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: It is urgent that priests achieve greater social status as competent professionals in the eyes of the Orthodox community (21) (NP_STATU)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree4821.2
2) Rather agree5524.3
3) Neutral or unsure6327.9
4) Rather disagree4319.0
5) Strongly disagree177.5
TOTAL226100.0
106) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: What is lacking today is that closeness among priests which used to be present (22) (NP_CLSNS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree4319.0
2) Rather agree6227.4
3) Neutral or unsure7633.6
4) Rather disagree3716.4
5) Strongly disagree41.8
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
107) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: More effective organizations of priests are needed to protect their interests and to serve the needs of the priesthood (23) (NP_ORGNZ)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree4218.6
2) Rather agree7935.0
3) Neutral or unsure5825.7
4) Rather disagree3615.9
5) Strongly disagree83.5
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
108) Comments for page 4 (CMMNT_P4)
109) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: Ordination to the priesthood means an entirely new status which makes priests 'different' from the laity (24) (NP_DIFLY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree5926.1
2) Rather agree7633.6
3) Neutral or unsure208.8
4) Rather disagree4620.4
5) Strongly disagree219.3
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
110) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I feel that I am most a priest when I am celebrating liturgy and sacraments (25) (NP_LITSA)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree9039.8
2) Rather agree6930.5
3) Neutral or unsure208.8
4) Rather disagree3716.4
5) Strongly disagree83.5
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
111) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: To be truly Orthodox Christian, one must accept without question all teachings and requirements of the Orthodox Church (26) (NP_NOQ)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree7432.7
2) Rather agree6327.9
3) Neutral or unsure198.4
4) Rather disagree5323.5
5) Strongly disagree135.8
9) No answer41.8
TOTAL226100.0
112) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: The Orthodox parish is like a family: people shouldn't even think about leaving with the intent to 'pick and choose' another parish (27) (NP_PARSH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree5624.8
2) Rather agree7633.6
3) Neutral or unsure4118.1
4) Rather disagree4620.4
5) Strongly disagree73.1
TOTAL226100.0
113) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: In the case of disagreement with parish laity, priests should have final authority in the parish (28) (NP_AUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree4519.9
2) Rather agree9039.8
3) Neutral or unsure4118.1
4) Rather disagree3716.4
5) Strongly disagree135.8
TOTAL226100.0
114) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: The only reason for Orthodox clergy to participate in inter-Christian meeting and discussions is to spread the message of Orthodox Christianity and to seek the conversion of others into the Orthodox faith (29) (NP_INTER)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree3917.3
2) Rather agree6428.3
3) Neutral or unsure3515.5
4) Rather disagree6629.2
5) Strongly disagree198.4
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
115) By marking an 'X' in the appropriate box, please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: I see my wife as a partner sharing in my ministry in the parish (31) (NP_PRTNR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree10546.5
2) Rather agree6327.9
3) Neutral or unsure177.5
4) Rather disagree2410.6
5) Strongly disagree31.3
9) No answer146.2
TOTAL226100.0
116) Where were you born: City or town (32) (CITY)
117) Where were you born: State (32) (STATE)
118) Where were you born: Country (32) (COUNTRY)
119) Birthplace category- circled handwritten code (32) (BIRTH)
TOTAL%
1) North America (USA and Canada)18481.4
2) Eastern Europe (including former USSR)114.9
3) Western Europe52.2
4) Greece or Middle East229.7
5) Asia10.4
9) No data31.3
TOTAL226100.0
120) What was your first 'mother' language that you spoke at home as a child- choose one (33) (FIRSTLAN)
TOTAL%
1) English16573.0
2) Other- please write which one5926.1
9) No answer20.9
TOTAL226100.0
121) Text, other 'mother' language (33) (TEXT_FL)
122) What is your age- in years? (34) (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL22663.819109
123) How old were you when you were ordained-in years? (35) (AGEORDN)
TOTAL%
20) 2020.9
21) 2131.3
22) 2262.7
23) 2362.7
24) 2462.7
25) 25177.5
26) 26188.0
27) 27188.0
28) 28156.6
29) 2973.1
30) 30219.3
31) 31125.3
32) 32104.4
33) 3394.0
34) 34104.4
35) 3541.8
36) 3673.1
37) 3741.8
38) 3873.1
39) 3962.7
40) 4052.2
41) 4120.9
42) 4210.4
43) 4352.2
44) 4441.8
45) 4520.9
46) 4610.4
47) 4720.9
48) 4810.4
52) 5231.3
53) 5320.9
57) 5710.4
60) 6010.4
62) 6220.9
65) 6510.4
999) Missing52.2
TOTAL226100.0
124) What was your Church affiliation before you became an Orthodox Christian? Please choose one option (36) (AFFIL)
TOTAL%
1) I have always been an Orthodox Christian.14162.4
2) I was a Roman Catholic.2812.4
3) I was a liberal Protestant. What denomination?31.3
4) I was a moderate Protestant. What denomination?167.1
5) I was an Evangelical Protestant. What denomination?2310.2
6) I was agnostic (no religion).73.1
9) No answer83.5
TOTAL226100.0
125) Text- What denomination? (36) (TX_AFFIL)
126) Comments for page 5 (CMMNT_P5)
127) You are- please choose one (37) (MARTLST)
TOTAL%
1) Married priest21092.9
2) Celibate priest83.5
3) Priest monk52.2
4) Widower20.9
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
128) For Married Priests only: Does your wife (37A) (WIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Work full-time6028.6
2) Work part-time4822.9
3) Stay at home9947.1
9) No answer31.4
Missing16 
TOTAL210100.0
129) When you think about your theological position and approach to church life, which word best describes where you stand? Choose one option only. (38) (THEOLOG)
TOTAL%
1) I am conservative. The Orthodox Church should avoid changes in its life and theology.4620.4
2) I am traditional. Any changes in the Orthodox Church should be very gradual by nature.11249.6
3) I am moderate. I am willing to accept new developments and changes in Church life depending on local circumstances.4921.7
4) I am liberal. I am willing to initiate and promote new developments and changes in Church life.125.3
9) No answer73.1
TOTAL226100.0
130) Approximately how many persons total would you say are associated in any way with the life of your parish: counting both adults and children, both regular and occasional attendees (39) (TOTALPAR)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2263732.54917283
131) If you had your choice again, would you enter the priesthood? (40) (ENTPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely yes16773.9
2) Probably yes3515.5
3) Uncertain125.3
4) Probably not114.9
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
132) In the future, if you would be offered to restrict your parish work to only liturgical and sacramental duties, would you be satisfied or dissatisfied? (41) (RESTRICT)
TOTAL%
1) Very satisfied198.4
2) Rather satisfied3716.4
3) Neutral or unsure2711.9
4) Rather dissatisfied8135.8
5) Very dissatisfied5926.1
9) No answer31.3
TOTAL226100.0
133) Generally speaking, would you rather encourage or rather discourage young men who are considering the priesthood as their vocation? (42) (MENTOR)
TOTAL%
1) Will definitely encourage13459.3
2) Will rather encourage7231.9
3) Neutral or unsure188.0
4) Will rather discourage10.4
9) No answer10.4
TOTAL226100.0
134) Comments for page 6 (CMMNT_P6)
135) I-AGE: What is your age- in years? (34) (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-30 years old73.1
2) 31-44 years old5926.5
3) 45-59 years old10446.6
4) 60-74 years old4520.2
5) 75 years and older83.6
Missing3 
TOTAL223100.0
136) I-MARITAL: You are- please choose one (37) (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Not married135.8
2) Married21093.3
3) Widowed20.9
Missing1 
TOTAL225100.0