U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, United Methodist Attenders

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DIRECTN

Of the following, which one best describes your opinion of the future directions of this congregation?
  1) We need to get back to the way we did things in the past.
  2) We are faithfully maintaining past directions.
  3) We are currently deciding on new directions.
  4) We are currently moving in new directions.
  5) We need to rethink where we are heading.
  6) Our future is very unclear or doubtful.
  7) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past. 496 4.2% 4.2% -1.93
We are faithfully maintaining past directions. 1028 8.8% 13% -1.3
We are currently deciding on new directions. 2734 23.3% 36.3% -.66
We are currently moving in new directions. 4429 37.8% 74.1% -.03
We need to rethink where we are heading. 959 8.2% 82.2% .6
Our future is very unclear or doubtful. 333 2.8% 85.1% 1.23
Don't know 1751 14.9% 100% 1.87

Variable Comparisons


Gender (I-GENDER)

Female Male TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past. 3.3%
229
5.1%
213
3.9%
442
We are faithfully maintaining past directions. 6.6%
468
11.9%
501
8.6%
969
We are currently deciding on new directions. 24.1%
1695
21.9%
924
23.3%
2619
We are currently moving in new directions. 39.8%
2807
35.2%
1481
38.1%
4288
We need to rethink where we are heading. 8.0%
564
8.5%
358
8.2%
922
Our future is very unclear or doubtful. 2.6%
184
3.2%
136
2.8%
320
Don't know 15.6%
1099
14.2%
600
15.1%
1699
TOTAL 100.0%
7046
100.0%
4213

11259


Household income (I-INCOME)

<=24K 25K-49K 50K-74K 75K-99K 100K+ TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past. 6.8%
179
3.6%
102
2.5%
56
2.2%
28
1.8%
26
3.7%
391
We are faithfully maintaining past directions. 10.2%
267
8.2%
232
8.6%
195
7.9%
101
8.7%
127
8.8%
922
We are currently deciding on new directions. 25.0%
654
23.7%
673
24.6%
559
23.2%
298
19.6%
287
23.6%
2471
We are currently moving in new directions. 31.5%
825
37.9%
1075
39.8%
905
41.6%
535
47.9%
700
38.6%
4040
We need to rethink where we are heading. 7.6%
200
8.8%
248
8.1%
183
9.5%
122
7.1%
104
8.2%
857
Our future is very unclear or doubtful. 2.6%
69
3.4%
97
2.6%
60
2.4%
31
2.0%
29
2.7%
286
Don't know 16.2%
425
14.4%
407
13.9%
315
13.3%
171
12.9%
188
14.4%
1506
TOTAL 100.0%
2619
100.0%
2834
100.0%
2273
100.0%
1286
100.0%
1461

10473


Education (I-EDUC)

Less HS HS Grad Trade/Asso Bachelors Grad degr TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past. 8.0%
82
5.6%
236
3.8%
68
2.0%
58
1.3%
21
4.0%
465
We are faithfully maintaining past directions. 11.4%
117
9.2%
391
8.7%
156
7.3%
208
8.4%
139
8.8%
1011
We are currently deciding on new directions. 19.2%
197
23.7%
1002
22.5%
404
24.3%
690
23.7%
392
23.3%
2685
We are currently moving in new directions. 29.7%
304
34.9%
1476
40.1%
722
42.2%
1196
41.5%
687
38.0%
4385
We need to rethink where we are heading. 6.2%
63
8.3%
349
8.0%
144
7.4%
210
11.0%
182
8.2%
948
Our future is very unclear or doubtful. 3.3%
34
3.1%
130
3.1%
56
2.1%
59
2.7%
44
2.8%
323
Don't know 22.2%
227
15.2%
644
13.8%
249
14.6%
415
11.5%
191
15.0%
1726
TOTAL 100.0%
1024
100.0%
4228
100.0%
1799
100.0%
2836
100.0%
1656

11543


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Never Married Com Relat Sep/Div Widowed TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past. 4.4%
51
3.7%
307
3.4%
6
3.7%
24
6.3%
85
4.1%
473
We are faithfully maintaining past directions. 9.7%
111
8.6%
708
6.8%
12
8.3%
54
9.6%
130
8.8%
1015
We are currently deciding on new directions. 16.3%
187
24.0%
1979
25.0%
44
21.4%
139
25.4%
342
23.3%
2691
We are currently moving in new directions. 34.1%
392
39.6%
3257
35.2%
62
35.3%
230
32.8%
443
37.9%
4384
We need to rethink where we are heading. 4.9%
56
8.4%
695
5.1%
9
8.0%
52
10.0%
135
8.2%
947
Our future is very unclear or doubtful. 2.1%
24
3.0%
243
1.1%
2
3.2%
21
2.6%
35
2.8%
325
Don't know 28.5%
328
12.7%
1045
23.3%
41
20.1%
131
13.3%
179
14.9%
1724
TOTAL 100.0%
1149
100.0%
8234
100.0%
176
100.0%
651
100.0%
1349

11559


Age (I-AGE)

<25 25-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
We need to get back to the way we did things in the past. 4.0%
34
2.2%
56
1.9%
39
2.9%
52
6.7%
282
4.0%
463
We are faithfully maintaining past directions. 9.9%
83
7.2%
187
7.7%
160
9.1%
162
9.8%
409
8.7%
1001
We are currently deciding on new directions. 14.2%
119
19.2%
495
23.0%
481
25.1%
445
27.4%
1146
23.4%
2686
We are currently moving in new directions. 34.5%
290
43.2%
1117
41.6%
869
38.7%
687
33.3%
1392
38.0%
4355
We need to rethink where we are heading. 3.6%
30
6.3%
164
8.8%
184
9.4%
167
9.4%
395
8.2%
940
Our future is very unclear or doubtful. 2.5%
21
2.4%
63
3.2%
66
2.4%
42
3.0%
125
2.8%
317
Don't know 31.3%
263
19.4%
502
13.8%
288
12.4%
220
10.4%
437
14.9%
1710
TOTAL 100.0%
840
100.0%
2584
100.0%
2087
100.0%
1775
100.0%
4186

11472