Mennonite Church Member Profile, 1989

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Under what conditions would you approve admitting to membership in your church a person who is divorced and remarried (with first spouse still living)? (circle one).
  1) Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership.
  2) Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse.
  3) If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution.
  4) If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession.
  5) The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage.
  6) Uncertain

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 140 4.6% 4.6%
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 344 11.4% 16%
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 1306 43.1% 59.1%
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 198 6.5% 65.6%
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 697 23% 88.6%
Uncertain 343 11.3% 99.9%
Missing 58 % %

Variable Comparisons

Church (I-CHURCH)

MC GCMC MBC BCC EMC TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 7.1%
96
2.0%
16
3.1%
17
4.0%
10
2.0%
1
4.6%
140
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 10.6%
144
9.8%
80
12.7%
70
16.3%
41
18.0%
9
11.4%
344
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 43.1%
587
38.0%
310
51.7%
285
41.8%
105
40.0%
20
43.2%
1307
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 7.3%
99
9.2%
75
2.9%
16
2.4%
6
2.0%
1
6.5%
197
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 19.5%
265
30.3%
247
19.8%
109
24.7%
62
28.0%
14
23.0%
697
Uncertain 12.5%
170
10.7%
87
9.8%
54
10.8%
27
10.0%
5
11.3%
343
Missing 33 12 8 4 1 58
TOTAL 100.0%
1361
100.0%
815
100.0%
551
100.0%
251
100.0%
50

3028


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 4.8%
68
4.4%
71

2
4.6%
139
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 11.2%
158
11.3%
181

5
11.3%
339
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 47.3%
667
39.5%
632

8
43.1%
1299
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 8.4%
118
4.9%
78

3
6.5%
196
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 19.7%
277
26.2%
419

1
23.1%
696
Uncertain 8.6%
121
13.8%
221

0
11.4%
342
Missing 22 34 0 56
TOTAL 100.0%
1409
100.0%
1602

19

3011


Age (I-AGE)

Under 30 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 64 65 & over Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 3.1%
17
2.7%
18
1.9%
10
7.3%
53
7.8%
42

1
4.6%
140
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 9.8%
54
8.6%
58
7.4%
38
10.8%
79
20.7%
112

4
11.3%
341
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 40.1%
220
42.8%
290
49.6%
256
44.7%
326
38.1%
206

7
43.1%
1298
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 5.3%
29
6.6%
45
7.4%
38
8.5%
62
4.1%
22

3
6.5%
196
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 26.6%
146
29.7%
201
25.6%
132
20.1%
147
13.0%
70

1
23.1%
696
Uncertain 15.1%
83
9.6%
65
8.1%
42
8.6%
63
16.3%
88

3
11.3%
341
Missing 4 9 6 14 25 0 58
TOTAL 100.0%
549
100.0%
677
100.0%
516
100.0%
730
100.0%
540

19

3012


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Single Married Widowed Div./Sep. Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 5.0%
21
4.7%
113
4.3%
6
0.0%
0

0
4.6%
140
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 8.4%
35
11.2%
270
23.2%
32
10.0%
5

2
11.3%
342
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 41.6%
174
44.4%
1074
29.0%
40
36.0%
18

1
43.2%
1306
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 5.5%
23
6.7%
161
8.0%
11
4.0%
2

0
6.5%
197
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 23.9%
100
23.0%
556
13.8%
19
46.0%
23

0
23.1%
698
Uncertain 15.6%
65
10.1%
245
21.7%
30
4.0%
2

1
11.3%
342
Missing 7 44 5 2 0 58
TOTAL 100.0%
418
100.0%
2419
100.0%
138
100.0%
50

4

3025


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Lt HS grad H.S. grad Some coll. Coll. grad Grad schl Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 11.8%
81
4.9%
41
1.3%
7
2.0%
6
0.6%
4

1
4.6%
139
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 16.5%
113
13.8%
115
9.0%
50
9.4%
29
5.3%
34

2
11.3%
341
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 42.3%
290
40.9%
340
41.7%
231
41.7%
128
48.4%
310

7
43.1%
1299
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 3.1%
21
5.3%
44
6.9%
38
8.1%
25
10.9%
70

0
6.6%
198
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 9.1%
62
22.3%
185
31.6%
175
30.6%
94
28.4%
182

1
23.1%
698
Uncertain 17.2%
118
12.8%
106
9.6%
53
8.1%
25
6.3%
40

2
11.3%
342
Missing 23 14 9 3 9 0 58
TOTAL 100.0%
685
100.0%
831
100.0%
554
100.0%
307
100.0%
640

13

3017


Place of residence (I-WHERLIVE)

U.S. Canada Other Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 5.2%
107
3.3%
31
0.0%
0

2
4.6%
138
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 11.2%
231
11.5%
107
0.0%
0

6
11.3%
338
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 41.4%
851
47.1%
438
53.8%
7

10
43.2%
1296
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 6.5%
134
6.0%
56
23.1%
3

5
6.4%
193
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 24.6%
506
20.1%
187
15.4%
2

2
23.2%
695
Uncertain 11.0%
226
11.8%
110
7.7%
1

5
11.2%
337
Missing 39 16 0 0 55
TOTAL 100.0%
2055
100.0%
929
100.0%
13

30

2997


Nationality (I-NTNLTY)

Swiss/South German/Alsatian Dutch/North German/Prussian/Russian British Other Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 5.8%
66
3.5%
47
0.8%
1
3.1%
7

20
4.3%
121
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 11.2%
127
11.6%
158
7.4%
9
11.6%
26

24
11.3%
320
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 46.5%
530
44.3%
601
41.3%
50
30.7%
69

57
44.0%
1250
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 7.6%
86
6.3%
85
1.7%
2
8.0%
18

8
6.7%
191
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 17.7%
202
23.1%
314
42.1%
51
37.3%
84

47
22.9%
651
Uncertain 11.2%
128
11.2%
152
6.6%
8
9.3%
21

34
10.9%
309
Missing 17 24 2 3 0 46
TOTAL 100.0%
1139
100.0%
1357
100.0%
121
100.0%
225

190

2842


Household income (I-INCOME)

Lt 20K 20-29K 30-39K 40-49K 50K & up Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 10.1%
62
2.9%
21
2.9%
15
1.5%
6
2.6%
14

21
4.2%
118
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 16.0%
98
11.5%
82
7.9%
41
8.5%
34
10.4%
56

34
11.2%
311
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 37.4%
229
47.6%
341
47.5%
247
45.5%
181
44.1%
237

72
44.3%
1235
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 6.5%
40
5.4%
39
6.7%
35
8.0%
32
7.4%
40

11
6.7%
186
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 17.3%
106
23.5%
168
24.8%
129
26.4%
105
27.0%
145

44
23.4%
653
Uncertain 12.7%
78
9.1%
65
10.2%
53
10.1%
40
8.6%
46

60
10.1%
282
Missing 13 11 10 2 4 0 40
TOTAL 100.0%
613
100.0%
716
100.0%
520
100.0%
398
100.0%
538

242

2785


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Democrat Republican Independnt Missing TOTAL
Under no conditions should they be admitted to membership. 1.5%
6
3.6%
40
2.9%
2

93
3.0%
48
Only if the divorce was due to unfaithfulness (adultery) by the other spouse. 4.1%
16
12.9%
144
4.3%
3

180
10.4%
163
If the person has confessed their wrong and made all possible restitution. 35.1%
137
45.2%
503
38.6%
27

639
42.4%
667
If the person promises to be faithful to the church's doctrine and teachings from this point on, even though not making confession. 13.1%
51
5.2%
58
5.7%
4

85
7.2%
113
The person should be admitted on the basis of their professed belief in Christ without reference to the divorce and remarriage. 39.2%
153
21.9%
244
41.4%
29

272
27.1%
426
Uncertain 6.9%
27
11.2%
125
7.1%
5

184
10.0%
157
Missing 11 17 1 0 29
TOTAL 100.0%
390
100.0%
1114
100.0%
70

1453

1574