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Church and Community Project, 1987




Dudley, C. S. (2020, September 11). Church and Community Project, 1987.


The purpose of this study is to learn about members' beliefs and attitudes about basic aspects of church life. Results are intended to help churches plan and develop programs for the future. Participating churches were primarily from cities and towns in Illinois and Indiana and include Protestant and Catholic congregations ranging from 47 to more than 2,000 members.

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Data File

Cases: 5123
Variables: 150
Weight Variable: None

Data Collection


Funded By

The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Sponsored by McCormick Theological Seminary

Sampling Procedures

Data came from a 12-page page self-report questionnaire administered to 61 congregations. Project congregations were located in a range of communities from inner-city to open country. Roughly one third were located in rural communities, one third in small cities and suburbs and one third in metropolitan areas. Churches from eleven denominations ranging from conservative to liberal were included.

Principal Investigators

Carl S. Dudley

Related Publications

Dudley, Carl S. 1991. Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry: Guidelines and Model in Action. Washington, D.C.: Alban Institute.

Dudley, Carl S. 1991. Saints and Neighbors. Britton W. Johnston and Sally A. Johnson (eds.) Chicago: Center for Church and Community Ministries.

Dudley, Carl S., and Sally A. Johnson. 1993. Energizing the Congregation. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox.

Dudley, Carl S. 1996. Next Steps Toward Community Ministry: Hands On Leadership. Washington, D.C.: Alban Institute.

Dudley, Carl S. 1992. "Giving Voice to Local Churches: New Congregational Studies." Christian Century (December 12-19): 742- 746.

Dudley, Carl S. 1992. "Partners: Multiplying Our Strength in Urban Ministry." SCUPE Urban Ministry Briefs, Vol. 1, No. 1 (March).

Dudley, Carl S. 1992. "Worshipping with Sheila." Christian Century, (November 12-19): 1053-1054.

Dudley, Carl S. 1991. "Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry: an Interview with Carl S. Dudley." Action Information, Alban Institute: Washington, D.C., Vol. 17, No. 6 (November/December): 1- 3.

Dudley, Carl S. 1991. "From Typical Church to Social Ministry: A Study of Elements Which Mobilize Congregations." The 1989 H. Paul Douglass Lecture, Review of Religious Research, Vol. 32, No. 3 (March).

Dudley, Carl S. 1989. "Saints, Crises, and Other Memories that Energize the Church for Social Ministries," Action Information, Alban Institute: Washington, D.C., Part 1, Vol. 15, No. 1 (January/February): 1-5; Part 2, Vol. 15, No. 2 (March/April): 18-20.

Dudley, Carl S., and Sally A. Johnson. 1989. "Mobilizing Congregations for Community Ministry." Christian Ministry, Christian Century Foundation: Chicago, (March/April): 31-33.

Dudley, Carl S., and Thomas Van Eck. 1992. "Social Ideology and Community Ministries: Implications from Church Membership Surveys." in the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, Kenneth B. Bedell and Alice W. Jones (eds.) Nashville, TN: Abingdon: 5-14.

Johnson, Sally A. 1990. "Pietism: Private Faith and Public Witness," Pietisten Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer): 1-4.

Mock, Alan K. 1992. "Congregational Religious Styles and Orientations to Society: Exploring Our Linear Assumptions." Review of Religious Research, Vol. 34, No. 1 (September).

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