American Congregational Giving Study, Member Questionnaires, 1993

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All frequencies weighted by 63) MWEIGHT
1) Number sampled from congregation (NUMBER)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1090119.274.61
2) Congregation identification number (CONGID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL109015339.002319.22
3) Denomination code (DENOMID)
TOTAL%
1) Assemblies of God191417.6
2) Southern Baptist188017.2
3) Catholic219820.2
4) ELCA246522.6
5) Presbyterian (U.S.A)244422.4
TOTAL10901100.0
4) Location of congregation--Nine U.S. census regions are represented (LOCATION)
TOTAL%
1) Norwich1811.7
2) Pittsburgh167815.4
3) Kalamazoo159014.6
4) Winona152814
5) Richmond206118.9
6) Jackson6165.7
7) Oklahoma112710.3
8) Colorado7536.9
9) San Diego136512.5
TOTAL10899100.0
5) Number of members in congregation (MEMBERS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL109011295.781963.59
6) Average weekly attendance (ATTEND)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10901630.80912.12
7) How long have you been attending worship services at your congregation? (LENATT)
TOTAL%
1) Less than 1 year2812.6
2) 1-2 years9008.3
3) 3-5 years165315.2
4) 6-10 years174616.1
5) 11-20 years213719.7
6) Over 20 years415738.2
Missing28 
TOTAL10874100.0
8) Does your congregation have serious financial needs? (FINNEED)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, very serious needs8688
2) Yes, somewhat serious needs356232.9
3) No, only routine needs463342.8
4) No, it is financially well-off5725.3
5) I don't know119911.1
Missing65 
TOTAL10834100.0
9) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your congregation? (FUNDINFO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough767370.7
2) No, not enough197718.2
3) No opinion120511.1
Missing46 
TOTAL10855100.0
10) Do you feel that typical members of your congregation have enough influence in decisions about the use of church money? (FUNDINF)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough719566.2
2) No, not enough215619.8
3) No opinion151313.9
Missing38 
TOTAL10864100.0
11) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your congregation? (FTRUST)
TOTAL%
1) High level of trust767070.5
2) Medium level of trust254123.4
3) Low level of trust2242.1
4) No opinion4414.1
Missing25 
TOTAL10876100.0
12) How much enthusiasm do you feel, in general, about the work and programs of your congregation? (GWORK)
TOTAL%
1) Very high enthusiasm238722
2) Moderately high enthusiasm570352.7
3) Moderately low enthusiasm176516.3
4) Very low enthusiasm4524.2
5) I am generally opposed to them25.2
6) No opinion4974.6
Missing72 
TOTAL10829100.0
13) In the last year did you, or another adult in your family, fill out a pledge card or commitment card regarding church giving for the year? (PCARD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes567152.2
2) No497945.8
3) Don't know2142
Missing38 
TOTAL10864100.0
14) Do you approve or disapprove of the practice of asking lay members of the congregation to fill out annual pledge cards or commitment cards regarding church giving for the year? (PCARD2)
TOTAL%
1) Approve583953.9
2) Disapprove373334.5
3) Don't know126011.6
Missing68 
TOTAL10832100.0
15) Do you prefer that clergy (priests or ministers) or lay leaders handle financial matters in your congregation? (CORLAYM)
TOTAL%
1) I prefer clergy (priests or ministers).3102.9
2) I prefer a combination of clergy and lay leaders.783172
3) I prefer lay leaders.200118.4
4) I have no preference.7336.7
Missing25 
TOTAL10875100.0
16) Has your congregation actively promoted a "stewardship approach" to the giving of time, talent and money - which teaches the spiritual meaning of how we use God's gifts? (STEWARD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, and therefore I am likely to give more.339831.4
2) Yes, but it has no effect on my giving.477944.2
3) Yes, and therefore I am likely to give less.72.7
4) No, my congregation has not promoted a stewardship approach.115010.6
5) I don't know.141113.1
Missing91 
TOTAL10810100.0
17) How do you make decisions about how much money to contribute to your congregation? (Remember to choose only one.) (MONDEC)
TOTAL%
1) I give 10% or more of my income.265224.7
2) I decide on a percent of my income annually.7176.7
3) I decide on an annual dollar amount.203719
4) I decide on a weekly dollar amount.285426.6
5) I give what I can afford each week.246523
Missing176 
TOTAL10725100.0
18) Do you feel that lay members have sufficient influence on the decision-making in your denomination? (LAYINF)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough687063.6
2) No, not enough222720.6
3) No opinion169815.7
Missing105 
TOTAL10795100.0
19) Does your denomination as a whole (nationwide or worldwide) have serious financial needs? (DFINEED)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, very serious needs9188.5
2) Yes, somewhat serious needs343931.9
3) No, only routine needs287826.7
4) No, it is financially well-off3333.1
5) Don't know320629.8
Missing126 
TOTAL10774100.0
20) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your denomination? (DINFO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, enough496146
2) No, not enough377835.1
3) No opinion203518.9
Missing127 
TOTAL10774100.0
21) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your denomination? (TDENOM)
TOTAL%
1) High level of trust459542.6
2) Medium level of trust400737.1
3) Low level of trust8167.6
4) No opinion137912.8
Missing104 
TOTAL10797100.0
22) For supporting mission projects of your denomination, either overseas or in this country, do you prefer that the denomination select and fund the mission projects or do you prefer that you select the mission projects to which to give? (DSELECT)
TOTAL%
1) I prefer that the denomination select the projects.256023.7
2) I prefer giving to missionaries and projects which I select.254023.5
3) I prefer a combination of both.486245.1
4) I have no opinion.8267.7
Missing113 
TOTAL10788100.0
23) Do you read any magazines, newspapers, or newsletters published by your denomination or a denomination-related group (e.g., diocese, synod, association, or convention)? (READPUB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, regularly378135
2) Yes, occasionally403337.3
3) Yes, but rarely172015.9
4) No126511.7
Missing102 
TOTAL10799100.0
24) How much enthusiasm do you feel, in general, about the work and programs of your denomination? (DFGOOD)
TOTAL%
1) Very high enthusiasm176016.3
2) Moderately high enthusiasm519248.2
3) Moderately low enthusiasm208219.3
4) Very low enthusiasm5975.5
5) I am generally opposed to them62.6
6) No opinion108910.1
Missing120 
TOTAL10782100.0
25) Would you prefer that congregations make more decisions about funding programs, such as missions, outreach and social service, rather than having denominational leaders decide? (FPREFER)
TOTAL%
1) I would prefer more local decision-making.511147.5
2) I like the situation now.369434.3
3) I would prefer more denominational decision-making.3713.4
4) I have no opinion.157914.7
Missing146 
TOTAL10755100.0
26) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved. (JCSAVE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree501247.2
2) Moderately agree129512.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree8327.8
4) Moderately disagree9498.9
5) Strongly disagree188217.7
6) I don't know6556.2
Missing275 
TOTAL10625100.0
27) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- If I had to change the congregation I attend, I would feel a great sense of loss. (CLOSS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree456342.5
2) Moderately agree313329.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree117911
4) Moderately disagree8357.8
5) Strongly disagree5465.1
6) I don't know4844.5
Missing160 
TOTAL10740100.0
28) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Opportunities to serve in lay leadership in my congregation are available if one is willing to make the commitment. (LAYLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree755270.4
2) Moderately agree195918.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree3303.1
4) Moderately disagree2252.1
5) Strongly disagree1681.6
6) I don't know4884.6
Missing178 
TOTAL10722100.0
29) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Important decisions about the life of my congregation are made with open discussion by church leaders and members. (LAYDEMO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree449342
2) Moderately agree310729.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree7757.2
4) Moderately disagree8417.9
5) Strongly disagree6005.6
6) I don't know8758.2
Missing210 
TOTAL10691100.0
30) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- The budget priorities of my congregation are appropriate. (BUDGET)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree356033.4
2) Moderately agree381835.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree9388.8
4) Moderately disagree7447
5) Strongly disagree3383.2
6) I don't know124711.7
Missing256 
TOTAL10645100.0
31) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- My whole approach to life is based on religion. (LPHIL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree484545.4
2) Moderately agree354433.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree129112.1
4) Moderately disagree5735.4
5) Strongly disagree2952.8
6) I don't know1351.3
Missing218 
TOTAL10683100.0
32) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- What religion offers me most is comfort in times of trouble and sorrow. (RCOMF)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree328130.8
2) Moderately agree308529
3) Neither agree nor disagree163615.4
4) Moderately disagree135912.8
5) Strongly disagree109610.3
6) I don't know1821.7
Missing261 
TOTAL10639100.0
33) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- The leaders of my congregation are sufficiently accountable to members regarding how church contributions are used. (LACCOUNT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree509947.5
2) Moderately agree324630.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree6956.5
4) Moderately disagree4954.6
5) Strongly disagree2932.7
6) I don't know8978.4
Missing176 
TOTAL10725100.0
34) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- The leaders of my denomination are sufficiently accountable to members regarding how church contributions are used. (DLACC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree252923.7
2) Moderately agree283126.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree154614.5
4) Moderately disagree9889.3
5) Strongly disagree6976.5
6) I don't know207419.4
Missing235 
TOTAL10665100.0
35) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Overall, the pastor of my congregation is doing a good job. (PASTGOOD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree714566.9
2) Moderately agree229021.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree4574.3
4) Moderately disagree3683.4
5) Strongly disagree2492.3
6) I don't know1731.6
Missing219 
TOTAL10682100.0
36) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Overall, the leadership of my denomination is doing a good job. (LEADGOOD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree352233
2) Moderately agree353233.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree135012.6
4) Moderately disagree6946.5
5) Strongly disagree4904.6
6) I don't know109510.2
Missing217 
TOTAL10683100.0
37) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Overall, I approve of the decision-making process in my congregation. (DECAPP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree494046.2
2) Moderately agree380035.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree7677.2
4) Moderately disagree5925.5
5) Strongly disagree2502.3
6) I don't know3473.2
Missing205 
TOTAL10696100.0
38) For the next set of items, indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement. -- Overall, I approve of the decision-making process in my denomination. (DECAPP2)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree253223.7
2) Moderately agree335831.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree182117.1
4) Moderately disagree9258.7
5) Strongly disagree6175.8
6) I don't know140913.2
Missing240 
TOTAL10662100.0
39) What do you believe the primary duty of Christians is? Mark one statement which comes closest to your belief. (CDUTY)
TOTAL%
1) Helping others to commit their lives to Christ.300328.2
2) Helping to change unjust social structures.3953.7
3) Following the teachings of Jesus as the basis for spiritual growth586255
4) Faithfully participating in the tradition and sacraments of the Church8798.2
5) Cannot choose or don't know.5274.9
Missing235 
TOTAL10666100.0
40) How often do you attend worship services at your church? (WORATT)
TOTAL%
1) Never79.7
2) A few times a year5665.3
3) About once a month5194.8
4) Two or three times a month173116.1
5) About once a week498046.2
6) More than once a week289726.9
Missing129 
TOTAL10772100.0
41) How many hours, if any, during the last month have you attended programs or events at your church other than worship services? (If you attended Sunday school, include those hours here.) (ATTPRO)
TOTAL%
1) 0 hours317629.7
2) 1-2 hours183517.2
3) 3-5 hours249023.3
4) 6-10 hours188917.7
5) 11-20 hours8518
6) More than 20 hours4584.3
Missing201 
TOTAL10699100.0
42) How many hours, if any, during the last month have you given volunteer time at your church to teach, lead, serve on a committe, or help with some program, event, or task? (VOLNTR)
TOTAL%
1) 0 hours444141.5
2) 1-2 hours183217.1
3) 3-5 hours200218.7
4) 6-10 hours143113.4
5) 11-20 hours6085.7
6) More than 20 hours3763.5
Missing210 
TOTAL10690100.0
43) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to each of the following? Write your best estimate in the boxes provided and fill in the corresponding circles underneath. Use only whole dollar amounts; do not use "cents." -- To your church, in regular giving (not including school tuition or contributions to a capital campaign). Include the value of material goods, as well as monetary gifts. (GIVMON1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL109011744.922844.36
44) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to each of the following? Write your best estimate in the boxes provided and fill in the corresponding circles underneath. Use only whole dollar amounts; do not use "cents." -- To your church, in giving to a special capital campaign for a new building or a new program. (GIVMON2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10901338.491631.30
45) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to groups or causes in your denomination other than those described in questions 37 and 38 [VAR 43 (GIVMON1) and VAR 44 (GIVMON2)]? (Include material goods.) (GIVMON3)
TOTAL%
1) $0219721.6
2) $1-$50320131.4
3) $51-$100185018.2
4) $101-$500214021
5) $501-$1,0004304.2
6) $1,001-$2,0002132.1
7) More than $2,0001581.6
Missing711 
TOTAL10189100.0
46) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to all religious groups or causes outside your denomination other than those described in questions 37 and 38 [VAR 43 (GIVMON1) and VAR 44 (GIVMON2)]? (Include material goods.) (GIVMON4)
TOTAL%
1) $0316430.9
2) $1-$50306330
3) $51-$100129712.7
4) $101-$500169216.5
5) $501-$1,0004914.8
6) $1,001-$2,0002762.7
7) More than $2,0002432.4
Missing675 
TOTAL10226100.0
47) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to nonreligious charities, community organizations, or social causes? (Include material goods.) (GIVMON5)
TOTAL%
1) $09939.6
2) $1-$50309129.8
3) $51-$100208320.1
4) $101-$500292828.2
5) $501-$1,0007557.3
6) $1,001-$2,0002792.7
7) More than $2,0002472.4
Missing525 
TOTAL10376100.0
48) Are there situations under which you might consider donating more money to your congregation? I would give more money to my congregation if - it were more spiritually nourishing (GIVMON6)
TOTAL%
1) Yes131613.6
2) No593061.2
3) Don't know244725.2
Missing1207 
TOTAL9693100.0
49) Are there situations under which you might consider donating more money to your congregation? I would give more money to my congregation if -- the preaching were more meaningful (GIVMOR1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes104810.9
2) No658968.6
3) Don't know197120.5
Missing1293 
TOTAL9608100.0
50) Are there situations under which you might consider donating more money to your congregation? I would give more money to my congregation if -- it paid more attention to social issues (GIVMOR2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes100410.5
2) No673370.1
3) Don't know186719.4
Missing1296 
TOTAL9604100.0
51) Are there situations under which you might consider donating more money to your congregation? I would give more money to my congregation if -- it paid less attention to social issues (GIVMOR3)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3743.9
2) No734677
3) Don't know181719.1
Missing1365 
TOTAL9537100.0
52) Are there situations under which you might consider donating more money to your congregation? I would give more money to my congregation if -- the worship services were more traditional (GIVMOR4)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6997.2
2) No734176.1
3) Don't know161116.7
Missing1249 
TOTAL9651100.0
53) Are there situations under which you might consider donating more money to your congregation? I would give more money to my congregation if -- the worship services were more modern (GIVMOR5)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4034.2
2) No761579.2
3) Don't know159616.6
Missing1287 
TOTAL9614100.0
54) What is your sex? (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Female654460.6
2) Male425639.4
Missing101 
TOTAL10800100.0
55) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
1) Under 1811.1
2) 18-251731.6
3) 26-304654.3
4) 31-359809
5) 36-40121111.2
6) 41-45125711.6
7) 46-5010789.9
8) 51-559128.4
9) 56-608668
10) 61-6510109.3
11) 66-75181716.8
12) 76 or older10579.8
Missing64 
TOTAL10837100.0
56) How would you describe yourself? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) Asian or Pacific Islander1391.3
2) Black or African-American1341.2
3) Hispanic2132
4) White1021394.5
5) American Indian54.5
6) Biracial or bicultural57.5
Missing90 
TOTAL10810100.0
57) Which of the following best applies to you currently? (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Single6375.9
2) Single, but living in a committed relationship90.8
3) Married821675.8
4) Separated76.7
5) Divorced5625.2
6) Widowed125411.6
Missing67 
TOTAL10835100.0
58) If you are currently married or living in a committed relationship, does your partner attend the same congregation as you? (SPATT)
TOTAL%
1) This does not apply to me.217220.8
2) Yes723669.3
3) No10339.9
Missing459 
TOTAL10441100.0
59) What is your highest level of education? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) High school graduate or less285626.6
2) Some college or technical training376035
3) College graduate240622.4
4) Graduate degree (graduate or professional)173016.1
Missing149 
TOTAL10752100.0
60) About how much income did your family or household receive last year from all sources, before taxes? (If you do not know, please estimate by marking the category that seems to be closest to your family's income.) (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $10,0006236.1
2) $10,000-$14,9998178
3) $15,000-$19,9997517.4
4) $20,000-$29,999163116
5) $30,000-$39,999164016.1
6) $40,000-$49,999132613
7) $50,000-$59,999115611.3
8) $60,000-$69,9997117
9) $70,000-$79,9994994.9
10) $80,000-$99,9994764.7
11) $100,000-$149,9993603.5
12) $150,000 and above2252.2
Missing685 
TOTAL10215100.0
61) How many dependent children (under 18 years of age) do you have living with you? (CHILD)
TOTAL%
0) 0672262.3
1) 1129112
2) 2178216.5
3) 37156.6
4) 4 or more2832.6
Missing107 
TOTAL10793100.0
62) How many dependent children (under 18 years of age) in your household regularly attend religiously affiliated grammar school or high school (Catholic, Lutheran, etc.) five days a week? (RELSCHL)
TOTAL%
0) 0978293.2
1) 13893.7
2) 22132
3) 377.7
4) 4 or more37.4
Missing403 
TOTAL10498100.0
63) Member weight variable--weighted by membership size for all denominations except for Assemblies of God which is weighted by weekly attendance. (MWEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.688
64) Denomination code (for use with on-line analysis) (I-DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Assemblies of God191417.6
2) Southern Baptist188017.2
3) Catholic219820.2
4) ELCA246522.6
5) Presbyterian (U.S.A)244422.4
TOTAL10901100.0
65) Location of congregation--Nine U.S. census regions are represented (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
0) Northeast185917.1
1) Midwest311928.6
2) South380434.9
3) West211919.4
TOTAL10901100.0
66) What is your sex? (for use with on-line analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Female654460.6
2) Male425639.4
Missing101 
TOTAL10800100.0
67) What is your age? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) 35 & under162915
1) 36-45246822.8
2) 46-55199018.4
3) 56-65187617.3
4) Over 65287426.5
Missing64 
TOTAL10837100.0
68) How would you describe yourself? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White1021394.5
1) Other5975.5
Missing90 
TOTAL10810100.0
69) Which of the following best applies to you currently? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-MARITAL)
TOTAL%
0) Single7276.7
1) Married821675.8
2) Div./Sep.6385.9
3) Widowed125411.6
Missing67 
TOTAL10835100.0
70) What is your highest level of education? (for use with on-line analysis) (I-EDUCATN)
TOTAL%
1) High school graduate or less285626.6
2) Some college or technical training376035
3) College graduate240622.4
4) Graduate degree (graduate or professional)173016.1
Missing149 
TOTAL10752100.0
71) About how much income did your family or household receive last year from all sources, before taxes? (If you do not know, please estimate by marking the category that seems to be closest to your family's income.) (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-INCOME)
TOTAL%
0) Lt 15K144014.1
1) 15K-29,999238223.3
2) 30K-49,999296629
3) 50K-69,999186818.3
4) 70K & over156015.3
Missing685 
TOTAL10216100.0