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

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FINSIT

Which one of the following best describes your congregation's financial situation?
  1) We have an increasing financial base.
  2) We have an essentially stable financial base.
  3) We have a declining financial base.
  4) Our financial situation is a serious threat to our ability to continue as a viable congregation.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
We have an increasing financial base. 41 23.3% 23.3% -1.34
We have an essentially stable financial base. 86 48.9% 72.2% -.12
We have a declining financial base. 39 22.2% 94.3% 1.09
Our financial situation is a serious threat to our ability to continue as a viable congregation. 10 5.7% 100% 2.31

Variable Comparisons


Theology (I-THEOLOGY)

More on the conservative side Right in the middle More on the liberal side TOTAL
We have an increasing financial base. 20.0%
18
27.8%
20
23.1%
3
23.4%
41
We have an essentially stable financial base. 48.9%
44
50.0%
36
38.5%
5
48.6%
85
We have a declining financial base. 25.6%
23
15.3%
11
38.5%
5
22.3%
39
Our financial situation is a serious threat to our ability to continue as a viable congregation. 5.6%
5
6.9%
5
0.0%
0
5.7%
10
TOTAL 100.0%
90
100.0%
72
100.0%
13

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Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

More on the conservative side Right in the middle More on the liberal side TOTAL
We have an increasing financial base. 21.3%
19
28.6%
22
0.0%
0
23.4%
41
We have an essentially stable financial base. 48.3%
43
48.1%
37
55.6%
5
48.6%
85
We have a declining financial base. 23.6%
21
18.2%
14
44.4%
4
22.3%
39
Our financial situation is a serious threat to our ability to continue as a viable congregation. 6.7%
6
5.2%
4
0.0%
0
5.7%
10
TOTAL 100.0%
89
100.0%
77
100.0%
9

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Church attendance (I-ATTEND01)

<99 100-499 500-999 1000+ TOTAL
We have an increasing financial base. 12.1%
12
37.7%
26
25.0%
1
100.0%
1
23.1%
40
We have an essentially stable financial base. 48.5%
48
47.8%
33
75.0%
3
0.0%
0
48.6%
84
We have a declining financial base. 29.3%
29
14.5%
10
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
22.5%
39
Our financial situation is a serious threat to our ability to continue as a viable congregation. 10.1%
10
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
5.8%
10
TOTAL 100.0%
99
100.0%
69
100.0%
4
100.0%
1

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