American Congregational Giving Study, Congregational Profiles, 1993

Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > Religious Groups > Congregations/Other Organizations > Others > Codebook


All frequencies weighted by 131) WEIGHT
1) Congregation identification number (CONGID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6255189.052176.17
2) Denomination (DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Assemblies of God12520
2) Southern Baptist12520
3) Catholic12520
4) ELCA12520
5) Presbyterian (U.S.A.)12520
TOTAL625100.0
3) Location of congregation--Nine U.S. census regions are represented (LOCREG)
TOTAL%
1) Norwich101.6
2) Pittsburgh9415.1
3) Kalamazoo10116.2
4) Winona8713.9
5) Richmond10717.1
6) Jackson599.5
7) Oklahoma8313.3
8) Colorado284.5
9) San Diego558.8
Missing2 
TOTAL624100.0
4) When did your last complete fiscal (budget) year end -- Month? (FCOMPM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62510.192.81
5) When did your last complete fiscal (budget) year end? (FCOMPYR)
TOTAL%
1) 199061
2) 199155388.5
3) 19926610.6
Missing1 
TOTAL625100.0
6) When was the congregation founded (year)? (YREST)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6251909.23149.36
7) Which of the following describes the pastoral staff situation of your congregation during the last complete fiscal year? (PSSIT)
TOTAL%
1) At least one full-time pastor55789.3
2) Part-time pastor589.3
3) Position was temporarily vacant91.4
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
8) How many members (youth or older) did the congregation have at the end of last year? Do not include nonresident members. (NUMMEM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625790.581499.55
9) ASKED OF ASSEMBLIES OF GOD ONLY: How many frequent attenders are on the mailing list? (FREQATT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62531.31120.91
10) How many households were registered or represented in your congregation? (NUMREG)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625333.44609.99
11) What was the average worship attendance on a typical weekend? Give total for all worship services. Persons attending more than once should be counted only once. (ATTEND)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625370.94660.87
12) Where is your congregation located? (LOCATION)
TOTAL%
1) Large city (over 250,000)10216.3
2) Suburb of large city8012.8
3) Medium city (50,000 to 249,000)6810.9
4) Suburb of medium city223.5
5) Small city (10,000 to 49,000)10116.2
6) Town or village of 2,500 or more8413.4
7) Town or village under 2,5007812.5
8) Rural9014.4
Missing1 
TOTAL625100.0
13) What percentage of your members are male? (PMALE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62541.897.17
14) What percentage of your members are female? (PFEMALE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62558.077.17
15) What percentage of your members are 18-24 years old? (AGE18T24)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62511.477.14
16) What percentage of your members are 25-39 years old? (AGE25T39)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62526.8312.97
17) What percentage of your members are 40-59 years old? (AGE40T59)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62528.9011.22
18) What percentage of your members are 60-75 years old? (AGE60T75)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62522.0312.29
19) What percentage of your members are over 75 years old? (AGE75UP)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6259.678.53
20) What percentage of your members are African-American? (PBLACK)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6253.3014.69
21) What percentage of your members are Asian-American? (PASIAN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6250.874.39
22) What percentage of your members are Hispanic? (PHISPAN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6253.6614.09
23) What percentage of your members are Native American? (PNATAM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6251.127.91
24) What percentage of your members are White? (PWHITE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62590.2422.49
25) What percentage of your members are other race? (POTHER)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6250.414.17
26) What percentage of your members have a college degree? (COLLDEG)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62529.4622.07
27) What percentage of your members have a high school diploma? (HSDIPLOM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62558.6621.64
28) What percentage of your members have less than a high school diploma? (LTHS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62511.7214.73
29) What percent of your members would you estimate have household incomes of under $20,000? (INCOME1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62527.2723.77
30) What percent of your members would you estimate have household incomes of $20,000-$49,999? (INCOME2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62554.6121.78
31) What percent of your members would you estimate have household incomes of $50,000-$99,999? (INCOME3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62515.6615.00
32) What percent of your members would you estimate have household incomes of $100,000 or more? (INCOME4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6251.973.57
33) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Children Sunday school or religious education (CSORG1)
TOTAL%
1) Regular60997.3
2) Infrequent5.8
3) Did not sponsor121.9
TOTAL626100.0
34) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Youth Sunday school or religious education (CSORG2)
TOTAL%
1) Regular56690.9
2) Infrequent213.4
3) Did not sponsor365.8
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
35) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Adult Sunday school or religious education (CSORG3)
TOTAL%
1) Regular51983.3
2) Infrequent6310.1
3) Did not sponsor416.6
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
36) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Prayer or study groups at church (CSORG4)
TOTAL%
1) Regular49178.9
2) Infrequent8413.5
3) Did not sponsor477.6
Missing2 
TOTAL622100.0
37) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Prayer or study groups in homes (CSORG5)
TOTAL%
1) Regular21434.6
2) Infrequent15324.8
3) Did not sponsor25140.6
Missing6 
TOTAL618100.0
38) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Singles' group (CSORG6)
TOTAL%
1) Regular10316.7
2) Infrequent6911.2
3) Did not sponsor44572.1
Missing8 
TOTAL617100.0
39) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Men's group (CSORG7)
TOTAL%
1) Regular28445.7
2) Infrequent10516.9
3) Did not sponsor23237.4
Missing4 
TOTAL621100.0
40) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Women's group (CSORG8)
TOTAL%
1) Regular53786.1
2) Infrequent315
3) Did not sponsor569
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
41) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Senior adults' group (CSORG9)
TOTAL%
1) Regular25240.6
2) Infrequent7812.6
3) Did not sponsor29046.8
Missing5 
TOTAL620100.0
42) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Youth group (CSORG10)
TOTAL%
1) Regular48778
2) Infrequent7011.2
3) Did not sponsor6710.7
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
43) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Children's groups (CSORG11)
TOTAL%
1) Regular36659.3
2) Infrequent9415.2
3) Did not sponsor15725.4
Missing8 
TOTAL617100.0
44) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Music program other than chancel (normal) choir (CSORG12)
TOTAL%
1) Regular29347.3
2) Infrequent13021
3) Did not sponsor19731.8
Missing4 
TOTAL620100.0
45) What organized groups did your congregation sponsor last year? -- Other (CSORG13)
TOTAL%
1) Regular12694.7
2) Infrequent64.5
3) Did not sponsor1.8
Missing492 
TOTAL133100.0
46) Did your congregation operate a parochial (five-day-a-week) school last year? (Do not include day care center, preschool or before- or after-school "latchkey programs.) (CSSCHL1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes619.8
2) No56390.2
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
47) Did your congregation operate a parochial (five-day-a-week) school last year? (Do not include day-are center, preschool or before- or after-school "latchkey" programs.) IF YES: Indicate how much money for the school came from each of the following -- Tuition (CSSCHL2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625190852.67159018.91
48) Did your congregation operate a parochial (five-day-a-week) school last year? (Do not include day-care center, preschool or before- or after-school "latchkey" programs.) If YES: Indicate how much money for the school came from each of the following -- Direct congregation subsidy (CSSCHL3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625110991.9991240.78
49) Did your congregation operate a parochial (five-day-a-week) school last year? (Do not include day-care center, preschool or before- or after-school "latchkey" programs.) If YES: Indicate how much money for the school came from each of the following -- Indirect congregation subsidy (e.g., janitor, utilities) (CSSCHL4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6256161.3311764.92
50) Did your congregation operate a parochial (five-day-a-week) school last year? (Do not include day-care center, preschool or before- or after-school "latchkey" programs.) If YES: Indicate how much money for the school came from each of the following -- Fund raising (CSSCHL5)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62525259.1537381.63
51) Did your congregation operate a parochial (five-day-a-week) school last year? (Do not include day-care center, preschool or before- or after-school "latchkey" programs.) If YES: Indicate how much money for the school came from each of the following -- Other (CSSCHL6)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6255748.7213994.62
52) Did your congregation cosponsor, with other congregations, a parochial school? (CCSCHL1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes386.1
2) No58593.9
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
53) Did your congregation cosponsor, with other congregations, a parochial school? IF YES: How much did your congregation contribute? -- Direct congregation subsidy (CCSCHL2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62570713.6093100.65
54) Did your congregation cosponsor, with other congregations, a parochial school? If YES: How much did your congregation contribute? -- Indirect congregation subsidy (CCSCHL3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62511197.3054102.30
55) Did your congregation cosponsor, with other congregations, a parochial school? If YES: How much did your congregation contribute? -- Tuition scholarship (CCSCHL4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6251717.885099.68
56) Did your congregation sponsor a day care center or preschool? (CSDCARE1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12520.1
2) No49879.9
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
57) Did your congregation sponsor a day-care center or preschool? If YES: Was the day-care center self-supporting, or did it require a subsidy? (CSDCARE2)
TOTAL%
1) It was self-supporting.8872.7
2) It provided a surplus to the congregation. Amount:1814.9
3) It required a subsidy. Amount:1512.4
Missing503 
TOTAL121100.0
58) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION PROVIDED A DAY-CARE OR PRESCHOOL AND PROVIDED A SURPLUS TO THE CONGREGATION (CODED "2" ON VARIABLE 57) -- What was the amount? (CSDCARE3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6257313.2314450.22
59) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION PROVIDED A DAY-CARE OR PRESCHOOL AND REQUIRED A SUBSIDY (CODED "3" ON VARIABLE 57) -- What was the amount? (CSDCARE4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6256527.7021851.83
60) Did your congregation sponsor a before- or after-school "latchkey" program? (CSLKEY1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes548.7
2) No57091.3
Missing2 
TOTAL624100.0
61) Did your congregation sponsor a before- or after-school "latchkey" program? If YES: Was the latchkey program self-supporting, or did it require a subsidy? (CSLKEY2)
TOTAL%
1) It was self-supporting.3771.2
2) It provided a surplus to the congregation. Amount:47.7
3) It required a subsidy.1121.2
Missing573 
TOTAL52100.0
62) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION SPONSORED A BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL "LATCHKEY" PROGRAM AND PROVIDED A SURPLUS TO THE CONGREGATION (CODED 2 ON VARIABLE 61) -- What was the amount? (CSLKEY3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625728.712045.67
63) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION SPONSORED A BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL "LATCHKEY" PROGRAM AND REQUIRED A SUBSIDY (CODED 3 ON VARIABLE 61) -- What was the amount? (CSLKEY4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6251983.753165.13
64) Is space in your facility used, rent-free, for any community social programs? (CSPACE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes38361.5
2) No24038.5
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
65) Did your congregation sponsor or support at least one missionary last year? (CSMISS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes37159.5
2) No25340.5
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
66) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) - Regular offerings or pledges (RECEIPT1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625163697.76214916.52
67) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) - Special offerings, denominational or diocesan appeals, or other special appeals (include capital campaign and all appeals made in church even if money was not recorded in budget.) (RECEIPT2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62529847.2362345.55
68) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) -- Special fund-raisers (fairs, bingo, bake sales, etc.) (RECEIPT3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6254420.3813610.44
69) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) -- Wills, bequests and special gifts (RECEIPT4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6256862.9426275.34
70) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) -- Investments (RECEIPT5)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6256138.6128139.22
71) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) -- Rents and fees (RECEIPT6)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6252906.088911.79
72) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) -- Judicatory subsidies (Synod, Diocese, Conference, Presbytery) (RECEIPT7)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625675.363397.79
73) For the last complete fiscal year, how much money came from the following? (Include all contributions raised by the congregation.) -- Other (RECEIPT8)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6254856.1334480.36
74) Total receipts for the last complete fiscal year (RECTOT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625219245.59282201.32
75) Was your congregation involved in a capital campaign last year for enlarged facilities, new equipment, other capital investments, or debt relief? (CAPCAM1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes17127.5
2) No45072.5
Missing4 
TOTAL621100.0
76) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION WAS INVOLVED IN A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR FOR ENLARGED FACILITIES, NEW EQUIPMENT, OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, OR DEBT RELIEF: What is the total goal? (CAPCAM2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625270.90855.48
77) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION WAS INVOLVED IN A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR FOR ENLARGED FACILITIES, NEW EQUIPMENT, OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, OR DEBT RELIEF: When did the campaign begin (month)? (CAPCAM3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6255.443.46
78) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION WAS INVOLVED IN A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR FOR ENLARGED FACILITIES, NEW EQUIPMENT, OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, OR DEBT RELIEF: When did the campaign begin (year)? (CAPCAM4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62590.607.03
79) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION WAS INVOLVED IN A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR FOR ENLARGED FACILITIES, NEW EQUIPMENT, OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, OR DEBT RELIEF: What is the target date for receiving all payments (month)? (CAPCAM5)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6257.673.50
80) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION WAS INVOLVED IN A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR FOR ENLARGED FACILITIES, NEW EQUIPMENT, OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, OR DEBT RELIEF: What is the target date for receiving all payments (year)? (CAPCAM6)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62593.351.43
81) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION WAS INVOLVED IN A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR FOR ENLARGED FACILITIES, NEW EQUIPMENT, OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, OR DEBT RELIEF: How much was raised last year? (CAPCAM7)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62587.66384.29
82) Does your congregation have an endowment? (ENDOW1)
TOTAL%
1) No47175.6
2) Yes; how much?15224.4
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
83) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION HAS AN ENDOWMENT: How much (in thousands)? (ENDOW2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625200.02602.34
84) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION HAS AN ENDOWMENT: If YES, how is the income to be spent? -- General operating budget (ENDOW3)
TOTAL%
0) No (not checked)9560.9
1) Yes (checked)6139.1
Missing469 
TOTAL156100.0
85) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION HAS AN ENDOWMENT: If YES, how is the income to be spent? -- Capital improvements (ENDOW4)
TOTAL%
0) No (not checked)9158.7
1) Yes (checked)6441.3
Missing470 
TOTAL155100.0
86) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION HAS AN ENDOWMENT: If YES, how is the income to be spent? -- Special mission or program (ENDOW5)
TOTAL%
0) No (not checked)9360
1) Yes (checked)6240
Missing470 
TOTAL155100.0
87) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHOSE CONGREGATION HAS AN ENDOWMENT: If YES, how is the income to be spent? -- Other (ENDOW6)
TOTAL%
0) No (not checked)10669.3
1) Yes (checked)4730.7
Missing472 
TOTAL153100.0
88) How much of the income, from total receipts (VARIABLE 74), was spent on the following? -- Congregation operations, programs, and ministry. (Include all staff salaries and benefits. Also include money put into reserve.) (EXPEND1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625176861.55227726.75
89) How much of the income, from total receipts (VARIABLE 74), was spent on the following? -- Subsidies to school, day care, or latchkey programs. (EXPEND2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62516677.1756126.81
90) How much of the income, from total receipts (VARIABLE 74), was spent on the following? -- Denominational mission work and programs. (EXPEND3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62522225.5737543.68
91) How much of the income, from total receipts (VARIABLE 74), was spent on the following? -- Other mission work and programs. (EXPEND4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL6255829.8225009.09
92) Total expenditures for the last complete fiscal year (TOTEXPEN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL625222209.51286156.70
93) Last year did your congregation have a mortgage debt? (MTGAGE1)
TOTAL%
1) No37459.9
2) Yes; annual payment:25040.1
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
94) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE CONGREGATIONS THAT HAD A MORTGAGE DEBT: Annual payment amount (MTGAGE2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL62540.7374.38
95) Who was involved in the preparation of the budget? -- Pastor(s) (PBUDG1)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)10416.6
1) Checked (yes)52183.4
TOTAL625100.0
96) Who was involved in the preparation of the budget? -- Paid staff (PBUDG2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)43469.4
1) Checked (yes)19130.6
TOTAL625100.0
97) Who was involved in the preparation of the budget? -- Church governing board or pastoral council (including committees of the board (PBUDG3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)20432.6
1) Checked (yes)42167.4
TOTAL625100.0
98) Who was involved in the preparation of the budget? -- Finance committee (PBUDG4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)17828.5
1) Checked (yes)44771.5
TOTAL625100.0
99) Who was involved in the preparation of the budget? -- Congregation members via channels other than as indicated above (PBUDG5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)47776.3
1) Checked (yes)14823.7
TOTAL625100.0
100) Who had the final say in approving the budget? (Check only one) (APPBUDG)
TOTAL%
1) Pastor(s)10517.9
2) Church governing board or pastoral council17730.3
3) Finance committee152.6
4) Congregation members28548.7
5) Other3.5
Missing41 
TOTAL585100.0
101) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Sermons on stewardship (LAYGIV1)
TOTAL%
1) Pastor alone38762
2) Laypersons alone61
3) Pastor and laypersons15124.2
4) Did not have sermons8012.8
Missing1 
TOTAL624100.0
102) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Appeals or testimonies during worship services (LAYGIV2)
TOTAL%
1) Pastor alone7812.6
2) Laypersons alone12820.6
3) Pastor and laypersons28145.2
4) Did not have appeals13421.6
Missing4 
TOTAL621100.0
103) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Distribution of promotional material (LAYGIV3)
TOTAL%
1) At church only10817.3
2) Mailed to members only365.8
3) At church and mailed34855.9
4) Did not distribute materials13121
Missing3 
TOTAL623100.0
104) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Canvassed very member by phone (LAYGIV4)
TOTAL%
2) Laypersons alone213.4
3) Pastor and laypersons132.1
4) Did not canvass every member in person58494.5
Missing7 
TOTAL618100.0
105) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Canvassed every member in person (LAYGIV5)
TOTAL%
1) Pastor alone5.8
2) Laypersons alone386.1
3) Pastor and laypersons243.9
4) Did not canvass every member in person55389.2
Missing5 
TOTAL620100.0
106) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Canvassed some members by phone (LAYGIV6)
TOTAL%
1) Pastor alone111.8
2) Laypersons alone7111.5
3) Pastor and laypersons294.7
4) Did not do a partial canvass by phone50482
Missing9 
TOTAL615100.0
107) What strategies were used to encourage lay giving to support the congregation's operating budget last year? For each of the following (a - g) check only one answer. -- Canvassed some members in person (LAYGIV7)
TOTAL%
1) Pastor alone152.4
2) Laypersons alone538.6
3) Pastor and laypersons467.5
4) Did not do a partial canvass in person50381.5
Missing8 
TOTAL617100.0
108) In your program to encourage giving, which had the greater emphasis? (check only one.) (GIVENC)
TOTAL%
1) Giving a certain percentage of income23838.4
2) Supporting the programs of the church18630
3) Half and half13822.3
4) No such program589.4
Missing4 
TOTAL620100.0
109) Did your congregation use any of the following? -- Pledge cards or commitment cards (GIVMETH1)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)30749.1
1) Checked (yes)31850.9
TOTAL625100.0
110) Did your congregation use any of the following? -- Numbered envelopes (GIVMETH2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)17728.3
1) Checked (yes)44871.7
TOTAL625100.0
111) Did your congregation use any of the following? -- Monthly or quarterly receipts (GIVMETH3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)35156.2
1) Checked (yes)27443.8
TOTAL625100.0
112) Did your congregation use any of the following? -- Annual receipts (GIVMETH4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)22135.4
1) Checked (yes)40364.6
TOTAL624100.0
113) Did your congregation use any of the following? -- Other (GIVMETH5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)58092.8
1) Checked (yes)457.2
TOTAL625100.0
114) What procedures were used concerning mailing in contributions? (Check one.) (MAILCONT)
TOTAL%
1) Postal envelopes were provided to encourage contributions by mail.467.4
2) Contributions by mail were accepted, but postal envelopes were not provided.53385.8
3) Mailing in contributions was discouraged.426.8
Missing4 
TOTAL621100.0
115) What is your congregation's emphasis with regard to the biblical standard of tithing (i.e., at least 10% of income)? (Check one.) (TITHE)
TOTAL%
1) The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able25040.3
2) The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory11618.7
3) Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized20332.7
4) Proportionate giving is not emphasized.518.2
Missing5 
TOTAL620100.0
116) Which of the following is emphasized most strongly in your congregation? (Check one.) (CTEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Helping others to commit their lives to Christ. Personal morality and social actions are secondary to this.17428.7
2) Helping to change unjust and oppressive social structures or to alleviate human misery.172.8
3) Following the life and teachings of Jesus as the basis for spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.34757.2
4) Faithfully participating in the tradition and sacraments of the Church. Other concerns are secondary to maintaining the historical integrity and continuity of the faith.6911.4
Missing17 
TOTAL607100.0
117) What is your congregation's approach to interpreting and teaching the biblical meaning of Christian faith and the Church? (Check one.) (TFAITH)
TOTAL%
1) There is one best or true interpretation and our congregation or denomination comes closest to teaching it.31951.7
2) There is one best or true interpretation, but no church can legitimately claim to be closer to it than another.10917.7
3) There are probably many interpretations which are equally valid, so many churches may be correctly teaching Christian faith.18930.6
Missing7 
TOTAL617100.0
118) Does your congregation teach that Christian life should be safeguarded through abstinence from certain kinds of: -- Food? (ABST1)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)59294.9
1) Checked (yes)325.1
TOTAL624100.0
119) Does your congregation teach that Christian life should be safeguarded through abstinence from: -- Alcohol and/or tobacco? (ABST2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)38661.8
1) Checked (yes)23938.2
TOTAL625100.0
120) Does your congregation teach that Christian life should be safeguarded through abstinence from: -- Gambling? (ABST3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)39863.7
1) Checked (yes)22736.3
TOTAL625100.0
121) Does your congregation teach that Christian life should be safeguarded through abstinence from: --Certain kinds of entertainment such as movies, nightclubs, or dancing? (ABST4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)42367.7
1) Checked (yes)20232.3
TOTAL625100.0
122) Does your congregation teach that Christian life should be safeguarded through abstinence from: -- Other? (ABST5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)47676.2
1) Checked (yes)14923.8
TOTAL625100.0
123) Does your congregation teach that Christian life should be safeguarded through abstinence from: -- No form of abstinence is stressed (ABST6)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)34655.4
1) Checked (yes)27944.6
TOTAL625100.0
124) In general, how would you describe your congregation's teachings in relation to "typical" churches in your denomination? (Check one.) (COMPCONG)
TOTAL%
1) We allow for more differences of opinion in interpreting Christian teachings than do most churches in our denomination.9515.3
2) We are similar to "typical" churches in our denomination.46574.8
3) We tend to be stricter in interpreting Christian teachings than are most churches in our denomination.6210
Missing3 
TOTAL622100.0
125) Last year what emphasis did you give to the biblical concept of stewardship of God's gifts? (Check one.) (STEWARD1)
TOTAL%
1) It received year-round emphasis19631.4
2) It received occasional emphasis34655.4
3) It was emphasized once477.5
4) No emphasis355.6
TOTAL624100.0
126) How was stewardship emphasized? -- Sermons (STEWARD2)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)7011.2
1) Checked (yes)55488.8
TOTAL624100.0
127) How was stewardship emphasized? -- Lay testimonials (STEWARD3)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)28946.2
1) Checked (yes)33653.8
TOTAL625100.0
128) How was stewardship emphasized? -- Bible study or Sunday school classes (STEWARD4)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)30548.9
1) Checked (yes)31951.1
TOTAL624100.0
129) How was stewardship emphasized? -- Articles in the church newsletter (STEWARD5)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)19030.4
1) Checked (yes)43569.6
TOTAL625100.0
130) How was stewardship emphasized? -- Other (STEWARD6)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked (no)48777.9
1) Checked (yes)13822.1
TOTAL625100.0
131) Weight variable (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.361
132) Denomination (for use with on-line analysis) (I-DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Assemblies of God12520
2) Southern Baptist12520
3) Catholic12520
4) ELCA12520
5) Presbyterian (U.S.A.)12520
TOTAL625100.0
133) Location of congregation--Nine U.S. census regions are represented (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
0) Northeast10416.7
1) Midwest18830.2
2) South24839.8
3) West8313.3
Missing2 
TOTAL623100.0
134) When was the congregation founded (year)? (recoded for on-line analysis) (I-YEAREST)
TOTAL%
0) 1770-186511017.7
1) 1866-191816626.6
2) 1919-19459014.4
3) 1946-196513521.7
4) 1966 & later12219.6
Missing3 
TOTAL623100.0
135) How many members (youth or older) did the congregation have at the end of last year? Do not include nonresident members. (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-#MEMBERS)
TOTAL%
0) 100 & less11719
1) 101-20015324.8
2) 201-50017227.9
3) 501-10007011.3
4) Over 100010517
Missing7 
TOTAL617100.0
136) What was the average worship attendance on a typical weekend? Give total for all worship services. Persons attending more than once should be counted only once. (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-#ATTEND)
TOTAL%
0) 100 & less25742.1
1) 101-20014523.8
2) 201-3507312
3) Over 35013522.1
Missing14 
TOTAL610100.0
137) Where is your congregation located? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-LOCATION)
TOTAL%
0) LgCty/Sub18329.3
1) MdCty/Sub8914.2
2) Small city10116.2
3) Town16225.9
4) Rural9014.4
Missing1 
TOTAL625100.0