Presbyterian Panel Survey, May 2003 - Stewardship, Finances, and Allocation of Resources, All

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Panel identification number (ID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL217925662.7379916
2) When you hear the word "stewardship," what word, thought, or phrase first comes to mind? Indicate briefly here: (WORD)
TOTAL%
1) Church finances and giving to the church29615.3
2) Money27014.0
3) Time, talents, treasure39620.5
4) Giving35018.1
5) To care for or manage what is entrusted to us49325.5
6) Environment/creation110.6
9) Other1186.1
Missing249 
TOTAL1934100.0
3) Has your congregation actively promoted a "stewardship approach" to the giving of time, talent, and money that teaches the spiritual meaning of how we use God's gifts? (ACTPROMO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, and therefore I am likely to give more123258.0
2) Yes, but it has no effect on my giving54425.6
3) Yes, and therefore I am likely to give less50.2
4) No, my congregation has not promoted a stewardship approach27012.7
5) Don't know723.4
Missing60 
TOTAL2123100.0
4) How many times during the past year was stewardship the focus of the sermon in worship at your congregation? (NUMSERMN)
TOTAL%
1) Never683.2
2) Once or twice80937.8
3) Three or four times81337.9
4) Five or more times26112.2
5) Don't know1929.0
Missing40 
TOTAL2143100.0
5) [IF "FIVE OR MORE TIMES" NUMSERMN] What is the approximate number of times? (NUMSERM2)
TOTAL%
1) 10.6
2) 63.4
3) 63.4
4) 52.8
5) 2916.4
6) 3419.2
7) 158.5
8) 2815.8
9) 52.8
10) 2011.3
12) 126.8
13) 21.1
15) 42.3
20) 31.7
25) 21.1
26) 10.6
40) 10.6
48) 10.6
52) 21.1
Missing2006 
TOTAL177100.0
6) Which one statement would you say better describes how stewardship is approached in your congregation? (DESCRIB)
TOTAL%
1) We primarily emphasize stewardship during the annual fund-raising campaign114853.8
2) We emphasize stewardship year-round54825.7
3) Both equally30314.2
4) Don't know/no opinion1356.3
Missing49 
TOTAL2134100.0
7) Which one statement would you say better describes how stewardship is approached in your congregation? (DESCRIB2)
TOTAL%
1) We emphasize stewardship as fund-raising46821.9
2) We emphasize stewardship as a broad approach to life108650.8
3) Both equally47022.0
4) Don't know/no opinion1155.4
Missing44 
TOTAL2139100.0
8) Please indicate to what degree you agree/disagree with the statement. I'd like to see my congregation put more emphasis on time, talent, and other non-monetary aspects of stewardship. (MOREEMPH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree57727.5
2) Moderately agree85440.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree52625.0
4) Moderately disagree1145.4
5) Strongly disagree311.5
Missing81 
TOTAL2102100.0
9) Please indicate to what degree you agree/disagree with the statement. My congregation puts too much of its stewardship emphasis on fund-raising. (TOOMUCH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1185.6
2) Moderately agree34816.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree50023.6
4) Moderately disagree71533.8
5) Strongly disagree40519.1
6) Don't know291.4
Missing68 
TOTAL2115100.0
10) Please indicate to what degree you agree/disagree with the statement. Stewardship should be an integral part of church (Sunday) school and other regular Christian education programs. (INTEGRAL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree107650.1
2) Moderately agree80237.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree1728.0
4) Moderately disagree572.7
5) Strongly disagree190.9
6) Don't know221.0
Missing35 
TOTAL2148100.0
11) Please indicate to what degree you agree/disagree with the statement. I'd like to see my congregation put more emphasis on time, talent, and other non-monetary aspects of stewardship. (STEWINT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree553.9
2) Moderately agree35024.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree36025.5
4) Moderately disagree22215.7
5) Strongly disagree42730.2
Missing769 
TOTAL1414100.0
12) What percentage of your family income (pre-tax) from all sources did you contribute to your congregation last year? (PINCOME)
TOTAL%
0) 70.4
1) 914.7
2) 1316.7
3) 1578.0
4) 1015.2
5) 35318.1
6) 1065.4
7) 1256.4
8) 1618.2
9) 472.4
10) 38319.6
11) 341.7
12) 784.0
13) 201.0
14) 120.6
15) 643.3
16) 30.2
17) 60.3
18) 50.3
19) 20.1
20) 251.3
21) 10.1
22) 10.1
25) 30.2
26) 10.1
27) 10.1
30) 20.1
31) 10.1
33) 10.1
35) 20.1
50) 10.1
80) 20.1
88) 10.1
98) 10.1
99) 241.2
Missing230 
TOTAL1953100.0
13) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? A sense of gratitude for God's love and goodness (INFLUN)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked78435.9
1) Checked139964.1
TOTAL2183100.0
14) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? A sense of gratitude for help my family or I have received there (INFLUN2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked205093.9
1) Checked1336.1
TOTAL2183100.0
15) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? A sense of obligation to support the work there (INFLUEN3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked146967.3
1) Checked71432.7
TOTAL2183100.0
16) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? A sense of religious duty to give (INFLUN4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked182183.4
1) Checked36216.6
TOTAL2183100.0
17) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? Habit or custom (INFLUN5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked208495.5
1) Checked994.5
TOTAL2183100.0
18) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? Hearing about specific needs (INFLUN6)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked201092.1
1) Checked1737.9
TOTAL2183100.0
19) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? The Bible's teaching on giving (INFLUN7)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked171378.5
1) Checked47021.5
TOTAL2183100.0
20) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? The congregation's or the pastor's urging to give (INFLUN8)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked215898.9
1) Checked251.1
TOTAL2183100.0
21) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? The tax benefits I receive for my contributions (INFLUN9)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked214798.4
1) Checked361.6
TOTAL2183100.0
22) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? Wanting to contribute to God's work in the world (INFLUN10)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked145466.6
1) Checked72933.4
TOTAL2183100.0
23) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? I don't give to my congregation (INFLUN11)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked211997.1
1) Checked642.9
TOTAL2183100.0
24) What factor influence you the most in your decisions about giving to your congregation? Other (INFLUN12)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked217599.6
1) Checked80.4
TOTAL2183100.0
25) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because the overall church budget was in the red? (INCGIVE)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked156171.5
1) Checked62228.5
TOTAL2183100.0
26) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because you saw the good done by a program or ministry funded by the church? (INCGIVE2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked138763.5
1) Checked79636.5
TOTAL2183100.0
27) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because a specific program or mission of the congregation was threatened by a lack of funds? (INCGIVE3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked174179.8
1) Checked44220.2
TOTAL2183100.0
28) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because the pastor or other leader asked you to? (INCGIVE4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked186285.3
1) Checked32114.7
TOTAL2183100.0
29) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because your spouse or other family member suggested it? (INCGIVE5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked199991.6
1) Checked1848.4
TOTAL2183100.0
30) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because you felt God wanted you to do so? (INCGIVE6)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked111651.1
1) Checked106748.9
TOTAL2183100.0
31) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because your family income went up? (INCGIVE7)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked120255.1
1) Checked98144.9
TOTAL2183100.0
32) In the last five years, have you ever increased your regular giving or annual pledge because the church had helped you or your family? (INCGIVE8)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked201892.4
1) Checked1657.6
TOTAL2183100.0
33) If there was a significant need, do you think you could increase your giving to the church or are you giving all you can afford? (INCNEED)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, could give more123257.4
2) No, giving all I/we can55425.8
3) Not sure36216.9
Missing35 
TOTAL2148100.0
34) What percentage of the money received by your congregation in 2002 do you estimate was sent to fund mission and program beyond your congregation (e.g., to presbytery, synod, national, or related PC(USA) ministries, or to non-Presbyterian programs)? (PERBEYN2)
TOTAL%
0) 40.3
1) 171.4
2) 211.7
3) 171.4
4) 121.0
5) 897.2
6) 191.5
7) 312.5
8) 362.9
9) 171.4
10) 28923.5
11) 302.4
12) 615.0
13) 211.7
14) 161.3
15) 12910.5
16) 131.1
17) 221.8
18) 272.2
19) 50.4
20) 1179.5
21) 50.4
22) 141.1
23) 50.4
24) 60.5
25) 746.0
26) 40.3
27) 50.4
28) 30.2
29) 30.2
30) 544.4
32) 10.1
33) 90.7
35) 191.5
40) 151.2
42) 10.1
45) 20.2
50) 110.9
56) 10.1
60) 20.2
72) 10.1
85) 10.1
Missing954 
TOTAL1229100.0
35) Of the total dollars your congregation sent to fund mission and program beyond your congregation, what percentage would you estimate went to the General Assembly, General Assembly Council, or other national programs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? (PERGA2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL82618.53324
36) Do you think when people give money to their congregation they ought to be encouraged to indicate what percentage should go to mission and program beyond the congregation? (INDICATE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, encouraged to designate money in this way41319.1
2) Neither encouraged nor discouraged from designating money in this way88140.8
3) No, discouraged from designating money in this way70932.8
4) No opinion1587.3
Missing22 
TOTAL2161100.0
37) Do you have enough say when it comes to decisions by your congregation on allocating funds to mission and program, or would you like to have more say? (SAYFUNDS)
TOTAL%
1) Have enough say157574.2
2) Would like more say32815.4
3) Not sure22010.4
Missing60 
TOTAL2123100.0
38) Does the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a whole have serious financial needs? (FINNEED)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, very serious needs67131.1
2) Yes, somewhat serious needs73934.2
3) No, only routine needs1798.3
4) Not, it is financially well-off643.0
5) Don't know50823.5
Missing22 
TOTAL2161100.0
39) How much enthusiasm do you feel, in general, about the work and programs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? (ENTHUSI)
TOTAL%
1) Very high enthusiasm26512.3
2) Moderately high enthusiasm87840.7
3) Moderately low enthusiasm52324.2
4) Very low enthusiasm25611.9
5) I am generally opposed to them532.5
6) No opinion1828.4
Missing26 
TOTAL2157100.0
40) When it comes to your supporting mission projects of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), either overseas or in this country, what is your preference for how projects should be selected for funding? (SELECT)
TOTAL%
1) I prefer that a denominational entity, such as a presbytery of the General Assembly, select the projects30514.1
2) I prefer that the session of my congregation select the projects62829.1
3) I prefer giving to missionaries and projects that I select1235.7
4) I prefer a combination of these approaches103347.9
5) I have no opinion673.1
Missing27 
TOTAL2156100.0
41) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your congregation (i.e., the session)? (INFOCONG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough182585.6
2) No, not enough22010.3
3) No opinion874.1
Missing51 
TOTAL2132100.0
42) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your presbytery? (INFOPRES)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough98846.8
2) No, not enough75135.6
3) No opinion37317.7
Missing71 
TOTAL2112100.0
43) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your synod? (INFOSYND)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough47222.5
2) No, not enough101348.2
3) No opinion61529.3
Missing83 
TOTAL2100100.0
44) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of the General Assembly Council and other national entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? (INFOGA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough60429.1
2) No, not enough99748.0
3) No opinion47422.8
Missing108 
TOTAL2075100.0
45) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your congregation (i.e., the session)? (TRUSTCON)
TOTAL%
1) High level of trust174981.7
2) Medium level of trust31414.7
3) Low level of trust522.4
4) No opinion261.2
Missing42 
TOTAL2141100.0
46) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your presbytery? (TRUSTPRE)
TOTAL%
1) High level of trust91843.0
2) Medium level of trust78336.7
3) Low level of trust2019.4
4) No opinion23210.9
Missing49 
TOTAL2134100.0
47) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your synod? (TRUSTSYN)
TOTAL%
1) High level of trust53725.3
2) Medium level of trust70033.0
3) Low level of trust37617.7
4) No opinion51024.0
Missing60 
TOTAL2123100.0
48) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of the General Assembly Council and other national entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? (TRUSTGA)
TOTAL%
1) High level of trust56526.5
2) Medium level of trust68031.9
3) Low level of trust53124.9
4) No opinion35316.6
Missing54 
TOTAL2129100.0
49) Would you prefer that sessions make more decisions about funding programs, such as missions, outreach, and social service, rather than having presbyteries or national church leaders decide? (SESSIONS)
TOTAL%
1) I would prefer more decision-making by sessions108150.2
2) I like the situation now76435.5
3) I would prefer more decision-making by presbytery or national church leaders1044.8
4) I have no opinion2039.4
Missing31 
TOTAL2152100.0
50) Has your congregation ever encouraged members to bypass the regular funding procedures of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and instead give money directly to mission or programs? (BYPASS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes44120.6
2) No119155.8
3) Don't know50423.6
Missing47 
TOTAL2136100.0
51) Please indicate to what degree you agree or disagree with the following statement: The leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are sufficiently accountable to members regarding how church contributions are used. (ACCOUNT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree35516.6
2) Moderately agree68532.0
3) Neither agree nor disagree29013.5
4) Moderately disagree29713.9
5) Strongly disagree24211.3
6) Don't know27212.7
Missing42 
TOTAL2141100.0
52) Please indicate to what degree you agree or disagree with the following statement: Overall, the leadership of the PC(USA) is doing a good job. (LEADGOOD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree37117.3
2) Moderately agree73934.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree33715.7
4) Moderately disagree25411.9
5) Strongly disagree2059.6
6) Don't know23711.1
Missing40 
TOTAL2143100.0
53) Please indicate to what degree you agree or disagree with the following statement: Overall, I approve of the decision-making processes in the PC(USA). (APPROVE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree37917.8
2) Moderately agree71833.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree33615.8
4) Moderately disagree26412.4
5) Strongly disagree1929.0
6) Don't know24111.3
Missing53 
TOTAL2130100.0
54) Please indicate to what degree you agree or disagree with the following statement: I would like more oversight of national PC(USA) leaders when it comes to making decisions about which missions and programs to fund. (MOREDEC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree32815.4
2) Moderately agree60528.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree49923.4
4) Moderately disagree28713.5
5) Strongly disagree1507.0
6) Don't know26012.2
Missing54 
TOTAL2129100.0
55) Do you have available all the information you need about the mission and program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or would you like to have more? (ALLINFO)
TOTAL%
1) Have all I need92243.0
2) Would like to have more available94043.8
3) Not sure28213.2
Missing39 
TOTAL2144100.0
56) [IF "Would like to have more available" TO ALLINFO] How would you like to have such information made available? (ALLINFO2)
TOTAL%
1) In printed form59163.3
2) In occasional e-mails14916.0
3) Via the Internet19320.7
Missing1250 
TOTAL933100.0
57) Did your congregation have a financial stewardship campaign in 2002? (CAMPAIGN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes110084.4
2) No15912.2
3) Don't know443.4
Missing880 
TOTAL1303100.0
58) [IF "YES" TO CAMPAIGN] What method was used? Direct mail (CAMPAIG2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked149268.3
1) Checked69131.7
TOTAL2183100.0
59) [IF "YES" TO CAMPAIGN] What method was used? Telephone solicitation (CAMPAIG3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked206894.7
1) Checked1155.3
TOTAL2183100.0
60) [IF "YES" TO CAMPAIGN] What method was used? Every member visitation (CAMPAIG4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked210896.6
1) Checked753.4
TOTAL2183100.0
61) [IF "YES" TO CAMPAIGN] What method was used? Personal delivery (e.g., Pony Express or similar) (CAMPAIG5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked211596.9
1) Checked683.1
TOTAL2183100.0
62) [IF "YES" TO CAMPAIGN] What method was used? Consecration Sunday (CAMPAIG6)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked162174.3
1) Checked56225.7
TOTAL2183100.0
63) [IF "YES" TO CAMPAIGN] What method was used? Other (CAMPAIG7)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked205194.0
1) Checked1326.0
TOTAL2183100.0
64) In the last two years, have you seen the stewardship magazine or other materials on stewardship prepared by the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? (MAGAZINE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes73656.4
2) No57043.6
Missing877 
TOTAL1306100.0
65) [IF "YES" TO MAGAZINE] How helpful were these materials to you in your work as a pastor? (MAGHELP)
TOTAL%
1) Very helpful8511.7
2) Helpful22530.9
3) Somewhat helpful28238.7
4) Not helpful689.3
5) Did no use any689.3
Missing1455 
TOTAL728100.0
66) In the last two years, have you searched the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) web page (www.pcusa.org) specifically for stewardship-related ideas or resources? (ONLINE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, often352.7
2) Yes, occasionally13610.3
3) Yes, once or twice20815.8
4) No, never94071.3
Missing864 
TOTAL1319100.0
67) Would you prefer that stewardship materials produced by the PC(USA) continue to be provided as separate, distinct items, or would you prefer to have them included as one part of publications that provide a broad array of resources (e.g., as part of a Christian education magazine)? (PUBLICAT)
TOTAL%
1) Kept separate49237.4
2) Included with other resources35426.9
3) No preference23617.9
4) No opinion23117.6
5) Both kept separate and included with other resources20.2
Missing868 
TOTAL1315100.0
68) To what extent is stewardship an integral part of your congregation's worship? (WORSHIP)
TOTAL%
1) Great extent27621.1
2) Some extent72355.2
3) Only a small extent25919.8
4) None at all231.8
5) Don't know282.1
Missing874 
TOTAL1309100.0
69) To what extent is stewardship an integral part of your congregation's regular CE program? (CE)
TOTAL%
1) Great extent735.7
2) Some extent47737.6
3) Only a small extent44635.1
4) None at all14311.3
5) Don't know13110.3
Missing913 
TOTAL1270100.0
70) To what extent is stewardship an integral part of your congregation's new member class? (NEWMEM)
TOTAL%
1) Great extent1138.9
2) Some extent52341.2
3) Only a small extent32925.9
4) None at all1007.9
5) Don't know20316.0
Missing915 
TOTAL1268100.0
71) Sample (SAMPLE)
TOTAL%
1) Members53224.4
2) Elders76435.1
3) Clergy88340.5
Missing4 
TOTAL2179100.0
72) Survey Form (FORM)
TOTAL%
1) Paper190687.3
2) Web27712.7
TOTAL2183100.0