Rural Ministry Project, Lay Leaders, 1990

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Identification number (ID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL202680.347100
2) What is your denomination? -- Assemblies of God (AOG)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)73.5
2) Not checked (no)19596.5
TOTAL202100.0
3) What is your denomination? -- Baptist General Conference (BGC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)73.5
2) Not checked (no)19596.5
TOTAL202100.0
4) What is your denomination? -- Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)52.5
2) Not checked (no)19797.5
TOTAL202100.0
5) What is your denomination? -- Episcopal Church (EC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)63.0
2) Not checked (no)19697.0
TOTAL202100.0
6) What is your denomination? -- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)8743.1
2) Not checked (no)11556.9
TOTAL202100.0
7) What is your denomination? -- Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)52.5
2) Not checked (no)19797.5
TOTAL202100.0
8) What is your denomination? -- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)157.4
2) Not checked (no)18792.6
TOTAL202100.0
9) What is your denomination? -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4421.8
2) Not checked (no)15878.2
TOTAL202100.0
10) What is your denomination? -- United Church of Christ (UCC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)105.0
2) Not checked (no)19295.0
TOTAL202100.0
11) What is your denomination? -- United Methodist Church (UMC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)199.4
2) Not checked (no)18390.6
TOTAL202100.0
12) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
2) 25-34115.7
3) 35-444523.4
4) 45-544825.0
5) 55-644422.9
6) 65-743518.2
7) Over 75 years of age94.7
Missing10 
TOTAL192100.0
13) What is your sex? (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male9748.5
2) Female10351.5
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
14) Are or were one or more of your parents members of this congregation/parish? (PARMEM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes9647.8
2) No10552.2
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
15) Are you (MARRIED)
TOTAL%
1) Single, never married157.5
2) Single, divorced21.0
3) Single, widowed147.0
4) Married17084.6
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
16) Do you have any children? (CHILDREN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18090.0
2) No2010.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
17) Are any of your children members of your present congregation/parish? (CHILDMEM)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable178.6
1) Yes13066.0
2) No5025.4
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
18) In what year was your congregation/parish established? (YEAREST)
TOTAL%
1) Before 185131.5
2) 1851-18755025.3
3) 1876-19007537.9
4) 1901-19252914.6
5) 1926-1950136.6
6) 1951-1975157.6
7) 1976 to present63.0
8) Don't know73.5
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
19) Is your congregation/parish located in (LOCAT)
TOTAL%
1) The open country4221.0
2) A town15879.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
20) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS LOCATED IN A TOWN: What is the approximate population? (POP)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1962794.4294708
21) What is the present official, recorded membership of your congregation/parish? (TOTMEM)
TOTAL%
1) 49 or fewer136.5
2) 50-992311.5
3) 100-1492914.5
4) 150-1992211.0
5) 200-2492110.5
6) 250-300126.0
7) 300 or more7638.0
8) Don't know42.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
22) Approximately what was the official, recorded membership of your congregation/parish 5 years ago? (PASMEM)
TOTAL%
1) 49 or fewer136.5
2) 50-99199.5
3) 100-1493115.5
4) 150-1992010.0
5) 200-249199.5
6) 250-299126.0
7) 300 or more7537.5
8) Don't know115.5
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
23) What is the total number of persons enrolled in the Sunday church school of your congregation/parish? (ENROLL)
TOTAL%
1) 49 or fewer8543.4
2) 50-995327.0
3) 100-1492110.7
4) 150-199147.1
5) 200-24963.1
6) 250-29921.0
7) 300 or more73.6
8) Don't know84.1
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
24) Do you observe your Sunday Church School enrollment in the past 5 years to have (PASENR)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable52.5
1) Decreased5326.6
2) Stayed about the same7236.2
3) Increased6432.2
4) Don't know52.5
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
25) During the past year, attendance at Sunday morning worship in your congregation/parish averaged (give a total for all morning services)? (AVAT)
TOTAL%
1) 49 or fewer3416.9
2) 50-995024.9
3) 100-1493416.9
4) 150-1992411.9
5) 200-249168.0
6) 250-299136.5
7) 300 or more2612.9
8) Don't know42.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
26) Approximately, what was the average attendance at Sunday morning worship in your congregation/parish 5 years ago? (PASAV)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) 49 or fewer2512.4
2) 50-995426.9
3) 100-1493517.4
4) 150-199199.5
5) 200-249189.0
6) 250-299105.0
7) 300 or more2612.9
8) Don't know136.5
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
27) In your opinion in the last 5 years, has your congregation/parish Sunday morning worship attendance (GROWMEM)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Decreased5225.9
2) Stayed about the same9145.3
3) Increased5527.4
4) Don't know21.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
28) Does your congregation/parish have a committee or group responsible for long range planning? (LONGPLAN)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable21.0
1) Yes7939.3
2) No11054.7
3) Don't know105.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
29) Has your congregation/parish had any new building construction in the past 5 years? (BUILD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4924.3
2) No15375.7
TOTAL202100.0
30) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD ANY NEW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Please estimate the amount of dollars spent on construction (DCONS)
TOTAL%
1) Under $24,9992137.5
2) $25,000 to 49,9991017.9
3) $50,000 to 74,99947.1
4) $75,000 to 99,99947.1
5) $100,000 or more1221.4
6) Don't know58.9
Missing146 
TOTAL56100.0
31) Does your congregation/parish have a printed budget? (BUDPRINT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes16683.0
2) No3216.0
3) Don't know21.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
32) What is the approximate amount of the congregation/parish budget for this year? (Even if the budget is not printed, please note what you believe is the operating budget.) (BUDGET)
TOTAL%
1) Under $24,9992814.1
2) $25,000 to 49,9996030.3
3) $50,000 to 74,9993316.7
4) $75,000 to 99,9992512.6
5) $100,000 or more4723.7
6) Don't know52.5
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
33) What was the approximate amount of the congregation/parish budget five years ago? (PASBUD)
TOTAL%
1) Under $24,9994120.4
2) $25,000 to 49,9996130.3
3) $50,000 to 74,9993416.9
4) $75,000 to 99,999199.5
5) $100,000 or more2813.9
6) Don't know189.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
34) In general, over the past five years, has the size of your congregation/parish budget been (BUDGROW)
TOTAL%
1) Decreasing84.0
2) Staying about the same4623.1
3) Increasing14371.9
4) Don't know21.0
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
35) Does the parish/congregation have sources of financial support other than what the congregation/parish members contribute? (FINSUP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes5426.7
2) No14270.3
3) Don't know63.0
TOTAL202100.0
36) Within the past five years, has your congregation/parish had leadership training for the laity? Examples are: training for church officers, for Sunday school teachers, for persons who lead worship or assist in liturgies, for persons to do evangelism, for persons who work with youth. (EVERLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12964.2
2) No5929.4
3) Don't know136.5
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
37) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Number of training sessions your congregation/parish has had within the past 5 years (NUMLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) 2721.6
2) 3628.8
3) 2217.6
4) 1814.4
5) 1411.2
6) 54.0
7) 32.4
Missing77 
TOTAL125100.0
38) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Church officer training (COT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4723.3
2) Not checked (no)15576.7
TOTAL202100.0
39) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Stewardship training (STT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)5125.2
2) Not checked (no)15174.8
TOTAL202100.0
40) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Social ministry training (SMT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)136.4
2) Not checked (no)18993.6
TOTAL202100.0
41) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Music training (MUT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4019.8
2) Not checked (no)16280.2
TOTAL202100.0
42) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Youth ministry training (YMT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2713.4
2) Not checked (no)17586.6
TOTAL202100.0
43) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Church school teacher training (CSST)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)9848.5
2) Not checked (no)10451.5
TOTAL202100.0
44) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Worship/liturgical leadership training (WLLT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3919.3
2) Not checked (no)16380.7
TOTAL202100.0
45) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS HAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS: Which of the following? -- Evangelism training (ET)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4120.3
2) Not checked (no)16179.7
TOTAL202100.0
46) Is your congregation/parish planning to have leadership training for the laity? (PLANLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes5728.2
2) No8140.1
3) Don't know6431.7
TOTAL202100.0
47) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Number of planned leadership training sessions for the laity (NUMPLAN)
TOTAL%
1) 1423.3
2) 1626.7
3) 1118.3
4) 915.0
5) 46.7
6) 46.7
7) 11.7
8) 11.7
Missing142 
TOTAL60100.0
48) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Church officer training (PCOT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2311.4
2) Not checked (no)17988.6
TOTAL202100.0
49) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Stewardship training (PSTT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2110.4
2) Not checked (no)18189.6
TOTAL202100.0
50) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Social ministry training (PSMT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)115.4
2) Not checked (no)19194.6
TOTAL202100.0
51) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Music training (PMUT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)157.4
2) Not checked (no)18792.6
TOTAL202100.0
52) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Youth ministry training (PYMT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)199.4
2) Not checked (no)18390.6
TOTAL202100.0
53) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Church school teacher training (PCSTT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3617.8
2) Not checked (no)16682.2
TOTAL202100.0
54) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Worship/liturgical leadership training (PWLLT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2210.9
2) Not checked (no)18089.1
TOTAL202100.0
55) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Evangelism training (PET)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)199.4
2) Not checked (no)18390.6
TOTAL202100.0
56) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Don't know if training is planned (PDK)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)63.0
2) Not checked (no)19697.0
TOTAL202100.0
57) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR THE LAITY: Which of the following? -- Refused to answer if training is planned (PRA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)10.5
2) Not checked (no)20199.5
TOTAL202100.0
58) Does your congregation/parish have a working relationship with another congregation/parish? (WORKREL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes13065.7
2) No6532.8
3) Don't know31.5
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
59) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER CONGREGATION/PARISH: Number of working relationships with another congregation/parish (NUMREL)
TOTAL%
1) 9678.0
2) 2419.5
3) 32.4
Missing79 
TOTAL123100.0
60) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER CONGREGATION/PARISH: Check any or all of the following. -- Yoked parish (RYP)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3718.3
2) Not checked (no)16581.7
TOTAL202100.0
61) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER CONGREGATION/PARISH: Check any or all of the following. -- United parish (RUP)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)84.0
2) Not checked (no)19496.0
TOTAL202100.0
62) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER CONGREGATION/PARISH: Check any or all of the following. -- Cooperative parish (RCP)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)167.9
2) Not checked (no)18692.1
TOTAL202100.0
63) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION/PARISH HAS A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER CONGREGATION/PARISH: Check any or all of the following. -- Shared programs (RSP)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)7537.1
2) Not checked (no)12762.9
TOTAL202100.0
64) If in one way or another you share activities with another parish is this (SHAREACT)
TOTAL%
1) With a congregation of the same denomination9262.2
2) With a congregation of another denomination2818.9
3) With both a congregation of our same denomination and of another denomination2516.9
4) Don't know32.0
Missing54 
TOTAL148100.0
65) Did your congregation once have a shared working relationship with another congregation/parish which no longer is in effect? (SHARENO)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes6231.5
2) No11658.9
3) Don't know189.1
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
66) The pastor serving this parish/congregation is (PSTAT)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable21.0
1) Ordained, serving full time17788.5
2) Ordained, serving part time189.0
3) Lay pastor, serving full time31.5
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
67) Does your pastor presently serve more than one parish/congregation? (NMCNG)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes8140.5
2) No11758.5
3) Don't know10.5
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
68) For how many years has your present pastor served this congregation/parish? ____ years (YRSSRV)
TOTAL%
0) 31.5
1) 3015.2
2) 2512.6
3) 3115.7
4) 2512.6
5) 2010.1
6) 105.1
7) 52.5
8) 94.5
9) 52.5
10) 94.5
11) 42.0
12) 31.5
13) 31.5
14) 21.0
15) 10.5
17) 31.5
18) 10.5
19) 21.0
20) 21.0
21) 21.0
23) 10.5
28) 10.5
35) 10.5
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
69) Approximately how many years did the prior pastor prior serve this congregation? ____ years (PRSRV)
TOTAL%
1) 42.1
2) 2010.5
3) 2211.5
4) 2312.0
5) 2111.0
6) 136.8
7) 168.4
8) 115.8
9) 84.2
10) 2111.0
11) 42.1
12) 84.2
13) 31.6
14) 31.6
15) 21.0
16) 10.5
17) 21.0
18) 21.0
20) 21.0
22) 10.5
25) 10.5
30) 21.0
41) 10.5
Missing11 
TOTAL191100.0
70) Approximately what was the age of your present pastor when he or she began serving this congregation? ____ years (AGEBEG)
TOTAL%
23) 21.0
24) 10.5
25) 10.5
26) 10.5
28) 52.6
29) 63.1
30) 84.2
31) 10.5
32) 115.8
33) 10.5
34) 73.7
35) 147.3
36) 84.2
37) 42.1
38) 105.2
39) 42.1
40) 2010.5
41) 42.1
42) 31.6
43) 31.6
45) 73.7
46) 31.6
47) 21.0
48) 21.0
49) 21.0
50) 115.8
51) 52.6
52) 73.7
53) 52.6
55) 52.6
56) 52.6
57) 21.0
58) 10.5
59) 31.6
60) 31.6
61) 21.0
62) 31.6
63) 10.5
64) 10.5
65) 21.0
68) 10.5
69) 21.0
70) 10.5
71) 10.5
Missing11 
TOTAL191100.0
71) Approximately what was the age of the pastor prior to your present pastor when he or she began serving this congregation/parish? ____ years (PASSAGE)
TOTAL%
24) 10.6
25) 42.2
26) 42.2
27) 42.2
28) 73.9
29) 10.6
30) 116.2
31) 31.7
32) 42.2
33) 63.4
34) 21.1
35) 158.4
36) 42.2
37) 42.2
38) 52.8
39) 21.1
40) 137.3
42) 73.9
43) 31.7
45) 116.2
46) 21.1
47) 31.7
48) 10.6
49) 21.1
50) 147.9
51) 10.6
52) 31.7
53) 21.1
54) 42.2
55) 95.1
56) 10.6
57) 21.1
58) 10.6
59) 10.6
60) 116.2
62) 10.6
63) 10.6
64) 10.6
65) 52.8
68) 10.6
70) 10.6
Missing24 
TOTAL178100.0
72) Does your pastor receive a salary for service to this parish/congregation? (SAL)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes19898.5
2) No21.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
73) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE PASTOR RECEIVES A SALARY FOR SERVICE TO THIS PARISH/CONGREGATION: What is the base cash salary paid by the congregation/parish? (CASH)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable21.1
1) Under $12,9995328.0
2) $13,000 to $19,9994925.9
3) $20,000 to $29,9996634.9
4) $30,000 or more1910.1
Missing13 
TOTAL189100.0
74) Is your pastor's salary considered to be his or her primary means of financial support? (PASTSUP)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes18390.6
2) No115.4
3) Don't know73.5
TOTAL202100.0
75) Does your pastor do other work than church related work for financial support? (OTHRWRK)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes178.5
2) No17587.5
3) Don't know73.5
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
76) Is your pastor's spouse employed outside the home? (SPOUSWRK)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable5125.5
1) Yes8241.0
2) No6432.0
3) Don't know31.5
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
77) Do you provide your pastor a parsonage/manse/rectory? (MANSE)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable21.0
1) Yes14571.8
2) No5527.2
TOTAL202100.0
78) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE THEIR PASTOR A PARSONAGE/MANSE/RECTORY: Do you provide (HOUSING)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable46.2
1) A housing allowance5381.5
2) No housing allowance69.2
3) Don't know23.1
Missing137 
TOTAL65100.0
79) What type of pension plan does your pastor have? (PENPLAN)
TOTAL%
1) Denominational13973.9
2) Special, such as annuities21.1
3) A combination of the above84.3
4) Don't know3920.7
Missing14 
TOTAL188100.0
80) Does your pastor have an independent retirement, planning program, e.g., a tax deferred program? (RETPLAN)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes3819.2
2) No3015.2
3) Don't know12965.2
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
81) How satisfied are you in being a part of your congregation/parish? Circle one of the numbers below that best represents your level of satisfaction. (SATMEM)
TOTAL%
1) Very unsatisfied10.5
2) 42.0
3) 73.5
4) 147.0
5) 3517.5
6) 4924.5
7) Very satisfied9045.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
82) Circle one of the numbers below that best represents your congregation's sense of satisfaction. (SATCONG)
TOTAL%
1) Very unsatisfied10.5
2) 31.5
3) 73.5
4) 2512.6
5) 6432.2
6) 6834.2
7) Very satisfied3015.1
8) Don't know10.5
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
83) When do you think it is more likely for a pastor to be in rural ministry? (RURALMIN)
TOTAL%
1) For a first call or appointment9246.2
2) No time is more likely5929.6
3) After a first call or appointment147.0
4) Don't know3417.1
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
84) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Buildings or facilities (CMBF)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point115.5
2) Neither strong or weak point4220.9
3) Strong point14873.6
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
85) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Salary and benefits (CMSB)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point4723.9
2) Neither strong or weak point6332.0
3) Strong point8744.2
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
86) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Geographic location (CMGL)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point3015.0
2) Neither strong or weak point4824.0
3) Strong point12261.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
87) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Quality of schools (CMQS)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point115.6
2) Neither strong or weak point3316.8
3) Strong point15377.7
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
88) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Quality of community services (CMSE)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point189.1
2) Neither strong or weak point7035.5
3) Strong point10955.3
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
89) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Employment opportunities for spouse (CMSP)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point7538.7
2) Neither strong or weak point7840.2
3) Strong point4121.1
Missing8 
TOTAL194100.0
90) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Number of people to work with (CMNP)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point4623.4
2) Neither strong or weak point7638.6
3) Strong point7538.1
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
91) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Experienced lay leadership (CMEL)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point4422.2
2) Neither strong or weak point5728.8
3) Strong point9749.0
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
92) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- General economic condition of your community (CMEC)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point5829.3
2) Neither strong or weak point7839.4
3) Strong point6231.3
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
93) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Accessibility to continuing education resources (CMCE)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point6030.5
2) Neither strong or weak point4924.9
3) Strong point8844.7
Missing5 
TOTAL197100.0
94) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Colleague support (CMCO)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point2814.4
2) Neither strong or weak point5829.7
3) Strong point10955.9
Missing7 
TOTAL195100.0
95) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Parsonage/manse/rectory (CMPR)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point3316.6
2) Neither strong or weak point5125.6
3) Strong point11557.8
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
96) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Denominational support (CMDS)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point147.1
2) Neither strong or weak point5226.5
3) Strong point13066.3
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
97) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Working in smaller communities (CMSC)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point157.7
2) Neither strong or weak point4422.4
3) Strong point13769.9
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
98) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Commitment of lay leadership (CMLL)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point2211.3
2) Neither strong or weak point5729.2
3) Strong point11659.5
Missing7 
TOTAL195100.0
99) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Opportunities for professional growth and advancement (CMPG)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point8543.4
2) Neither strong or weak point7337.2
3) Strong point3819.4
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
100) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Medical care (CMMC)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point2010.4
2) Neither strong or weak point4623.8
3) Strong point12765.8
Missing9 
TOTAL193100.0
101) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Child care facilities/programs (CMCH)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point5025.8
2) Neither strong or weak point9046.4
3) Strong point5427.8
Missing8 
TOTAL194100.0
102) Below are several elements of your community and congregation/parish. Assign a 1 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 2 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them neither a strong or weak point in attracting or keeping ministers. Assign a 3 to the following aspects of your community and church if you consider them a strong point in attracting or keeping ministers. -- Community ministerial association (CMMN)
TOTAL%
1) Weak point2010.3
2) Neither strong or weak point5628.7
3) Strong point11961.0
Missing7 
TOTAL195100.0
103) Number of worship activities your church offers (NUMWOR)
TOTAL%
1) 10552.2
2) 5426.9
3) 2813.9
4) 126.0
5) 21.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
104) Check each of the following worship activities your church offers. -- Daily worship services (WDS)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4019.8
2) Not checked (no)16280.2
TOTAL202100.0
105) Check each of the following worship activities your church offers. -- Sunday morning worship services (WSM)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)19697.0
2) Not checked (no)63.0
TOTAL202100.0
106) Check each of the following worship activities your church offers. -- Mid-week worship services (WMW)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)6230.7
2) Not checked (no)14069.3
TOTAL202100.0
107) Check each of the following worship activities your church offers. -- Sunday evening services (WSE)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2210.9
2) Not checked (no)18089.1
TOTAL202100.0
108) Check each of the following worship activities your church offers. -- Evangelistic services (WES)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3316.3
2) Not checked (no)16983.7
TOTAL202100.0
109) Number of activities your church offers (CHURACT)
TOTAL%
2) 10.5
3) 63.0
4) 105.0
5) 147.0
6) 3215.9
7) 3014.9
8) 4019.9
9) 2512.4
10) 157.5
11) 2010.0
12) 31.5
13) 42.0
15) 10.5
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
110) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Sunday School (CHSS)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)18893.1
2) Not checked (no)146.9
TOTAL202100.0
111) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Women's organization (CHWO)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)19697.0
2) Not checked (no)63.0
TOTAL202100.0
112) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Men's organization (CHMO)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)6934.2
2) Not checked (no)13365.8
TOTAL202100.0
113) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Youth organization (CHYO)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)15677.2
2) Not checked (no)4622.8
TOTAL202100.0
114) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Older adults organization (CHOA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4019.8
2) Not checked (no)16280.2
TOTAL202100.0
115) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Confirmation class (CHCC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)17988.6
2) Not checked (no)2311.4
TOTAL202100.0
116) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Daily vacation Bible School (CHVB)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)14370.8
2) Not checked (no)5929.2
TOTAL202100.0
117) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Social problems/issues study group (CHSP)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3517.3
2) Not checked (no)16782.7
TOTAL202100.0
118) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Adult Bible study group (CHAS)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)14069.3
2) Not checked (no)6230.7
TOTAL202100.0
119) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Adult class on a topic (CHAT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)5828.7
2) Not checked (no)14471.3
TOTAL202100.0
120) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Interdenominational group (CHIG)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)146.9
2) Not checked (no)18893.1
TOTAL202100.0
121) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Food shelf (CHFS)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)11456.4
2) Not checked (no)8843.6
TOTAL202100.0
122) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Support groups (CHSG)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2914.4
2) Not checked (no)17385.6
TOTAL202100.0
123) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups (CHAA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)2612.9
2) Not checked (no)17687.1
TOTAL202100.0
124) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Choir (CHCH)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)14270.3
2) Not checked (no)6029.7
TOTAL202100.0
125) Check all of the following activities that your church offers. -- Young adult group (CHYA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3919.3
2) Not checked (no)16380.7
TOTAL202100.0
126) During the past five years, have you served on any of your congregation's committee's or task forces? (DCOM)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Yes17788.9
2) No2110.6
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
127) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SERVED ON ANY OF THEIR CONGREGATION'S COMMITTEE'S OR TASK FORCES IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS: How many of these committees/task forces have you served as an officer (e.g., chairperson, convener, secretary)? (NCOM)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable2011.6
1) One6235.8
2) Two5330.6
3) More than two3822.0
Missing29 
TOTAL173100.0
128) Number of resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) your congregation has used or participated in during the past five years (DENRES)
TOTAL%
0) 10.5
1) 84.0
2) 84.0
3) 2110.4
4) 3115.4
5) 2411.9
6) 2813.9
7) 3014.9
8) 115.5
9) 168.0
10) 63.0
11) 94.5
12) 31.5
13) 31.5
19) 10.5
21) 10.5
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
129) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Youth events (DEYOE)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)16280.6
2) Not checked (no)3919.4
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
130) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Church school curriculum (DECSC)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)11556.9
2) Not checked (no)8743.1
TOTAL202100.0
131) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Crisis counseling services (DECSS)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3617.8
2) Not checked (no)16682.2
TOTAL202100.0
132) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Support groups (DESUS)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)3014.9
2) Not checked (no)17285.1
TOTAL202100.0
133) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Women's groups/associations (DEWGA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)17084.2
2) Not checked (no)3215.8
TOTAL202100.0
134) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Men's groups/associations (DEMGA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4522.3
2) Not checked (no)15777.7
TOTAL202100.0
135) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Work or service projects (DEWSP)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)6833.7
2) Not checked (no)13466.3
TOTAL202100.0
136) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Special mission or project offerings (DESMO)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)15677.2
2) Not checked (no)4622.8
TOTAL202100.0
137) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Stewardship materials/programs (DESTM)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)11757.9
2) Not checked (no)8542.1
TOTAL202100.0
138) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Evangelism materials/programs (DEEVM)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)8542.1
2) Not checked (no)11757.9
TOTAL202100.0
139) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Programs/materials related to rural social, political or economic concerns (DERSPE)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)6632.7
2) Not checked (no)13667.3
TOTAL202100.0
140) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Leadership training (DELT)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)7537.1
2) Not checked (no)12762.9
TOTAL202100.0
141) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Environmental/land use issues (DEENV)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)4220.8
2) Not checked (no)16079.2
TOTAL202100.0
142) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Don't know if denomination resources used (DEDK)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)94.5
2) Not checked (no)19395.5
TOTAL202100.0
143) Which of the following resources or programs of your denomination (regional, district, conference, presbytery, synod, etc.) has your congregation used or participated in during the past five years? -- Refused to answer if denomination resources used (DERA)
TOTAL%
1) Checked (yes)31.5
2) Not checked (no)19998.5
TOTAL202100.0
144) What is the level of formal education which prepared your pastor to serve this congregation? (LEVED)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable10.5
1) Less than college10.5
2) Some college to college degree94.5
3) Theological study beyond college18491.5
4) Don't know63.0
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
145) What level of formal education do you think a pastor needs to best serve the needs of a congregation/parish? (EDNEED)
TOTAL%
2) Some college to a college degree168.0
3) Theological study beyond college18089.6
4) Don't know52.5
Missing1 
TOTAL201100.0
146) How important is it for a pastor to take advantage of continuing education opportunities? Circle one of the numbers below that best represents how important you feel it is. (IMPCE)
TOTAL%
1) Not important42.0
2) 21.0
3) 94.5
4) 199.4
5) 4120.3
6) 4019.8
7) Very important8743.1
TOTAL202100.0
147) Do you listen to religiously oriented radio or television programs? (RTVP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12462.6
2) No7437.4
Missing4 
TOTAL198100.0
148) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO LISTEN TO RELIGIOUSLY ORIENTED RADIO OR TELEVISION PROGRAMS: How often? (RTVOFT)
TOTAL%
1) Daily3427.9
2) About once a week5343.4
3) About twice a month2419.7
4) About one time per month119.0
Missing80 
TOTAL122100.0
149) As an average, how often do you attend church services? (AVATT)
TOTAL%
1) Once a week19196.0
2) About twice a month84.0
Missing3 
TOTAL199100.0
150) For how many years have you been a member of this congregation? ____ years (YRSMEM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL20229.31719
151) RECODE POP: Population size (POPU)
TOTAL%
1) Open country5729.1
2) Small village4824.5
3) Small town3316.8
4) Town2613.3
5) City3216.3
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
152) Summary of respondents in evangelical/pentecostal denominations (Assemblies of God, Baptist General Conference, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Evangelical Free Church of America) (EVPE)
TOTAL%
0) Not in an evangelical/pentecostal denomination17888.1
1) In an evangelical/pentecostal denomination2411.9
TOTAL202100.0
153) Summary of respondents in mainline denominations (Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church) (MAIN)
TOTAL%
0) Not in a mainline denomination15476.2
1) In a mainline denomination4823.8
TOTAL202100.0
154) I-LOCATION: Is your congregation/parish located in (for use with on-line analysis) (I-LOCATION)
TOTAL%
1) The open country4221.0
2) A town15879.0
Missing2 
TOTAL200100.0
155) I-#MEMBERS: What is the present official, recorded membership of your congregation/parish? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-#MEMBERS)
TOTAL%
0) 99 & less3618.4
1) 100-1995126.0
2) 200-2993316.8
3) 300 & up7638.8
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
156) I-POPULATN: Population size (for use with on-line analysis) (I-POPULATN)
TOTAL%
1) Open country5729.1
2) Small village4824.5
3) Small town3316.8
4) Town2613.3
5) City3216.3
Missing6 
TOTAL196100.0
157) I-EVAN/PEN: Summary of respondents in evangelical/pentecostal denominations (Assemblies of God, Baptist General Conference, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Evangelical Free Church of America) (for use with on-line analysis) (I-EVAN/PEN)
TOTAL%
0) Not in an evangelical/pentecostal denomination17888.1
1) In an evangelical/pentecostal denomination2411.9
TOTAL202100.0
158) I-MAINLINE: Summary of respondents in mainline denominations (Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church) (for use with on-line analysis) (I-MAINLINE)
TOTAL%
0) Not in a mainline denomination15476.2
1) In a mainline denomination4823.8
TOTAL202100.0