This survey contains a variety of measures on the following: Congregational characteristics; community change surrounding the congregation; interaction with other congregations; congregational emphases; content of worship services; demographic characteristics of congregants; church leadership; and theological beliefs. Participants are pastors in Assemblies of God, Episcopal, and United Methodist congregations in three locations: Hartford, CT; Grand Rapids, MI; Waco, TX.
- Data File
- Cases: 89
Weight Variable: None
- Data Collection
- Date Collected: 2005-2006
- Original Survey (Instrument)
- Original Pastor Interview
- Funded By
- Baylor University's Institute for Faith and Learning
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
- Collection Procedures
- In one-hour interviews, pastors shared information about the people in their congregation (age, education, and racial composition, for example), as well as some general information about the congregation and its leadership.
- Sampling Procedures
- Thirty-six congregations in Grand Rapids, MI, Hartford, CT, and Waco, TX, were selected based on the demographics reported by the pastor/priest. The goal was to select churches that mirrored the diversity (age, race, class, and theological diversity) within the denomination in that city.
- Principal Investigators
- Sam Reimer, Professor of Sociology, Crandall University