This survey contains a variety of measures on the following: congregational participation; why one chose to attend his or her congregation; congregational switching; conversion experiences; social networks and context; views concerning social problems; social embeddedness in one's congregation; private devotional activity; higher education; religious beliefs; social attitudes; demographic information. Participants are parishioners in Assemblies of God, Episcopal, and United Methodist congregations in three locations: Hartford, CT; Grand Rapids, MI; Waco, TX.
- Data File
- Cases: 703
Weight Variable: None
- Data Collection
- Date Collected: 2005-2006
- Original Survey (Instrument)
- Original Parishioner Survey
- Funded By
- Baylor University's Institute for Faith and Learning
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
- Collection Procedures
- Questionnaires were distributed to regular attendees in selected congregations. In smaller congregations, the study was explained in the morning worship service and one survey was given to each family unit as they left the service along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. In larger churches, 50 surveys were randomly distributed to active affiliates with help from church staff (usually mailed or placed in church mail boxes).
- 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
- Related Publications
- Reimer, Sam. 2010. "Higher Education and Theological Liberalism: Revisiting the Old Issue." Sociology of Religion 71 (4): 393-408.