The Orthodox Church Today: A National Study of Parishioners and the Realities of the Orthodox Parish Life in the USA

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Respondent Unique Key (RESP_KEY)
2) Completed Date (COMP_DT)
3) Respondent Type (RESPTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) OCA: Diocese of Midwest909.6
2) Seminary Students515.5
3) Independent respondents657.0
4) General respondents (no number in upper-left corner)72978.0
TOTAL935100.0
4) Denomination (DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Greek Orthodox Archdiocese43947.0
2) Orthodox Church in America48952.4
4) TBA10.1
9) No answer50.5
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
5) Approximately, how many persons TOTAL–adults and children together–do you have in church on a typical Sunday? (TOTPERS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL934868.7252549
6) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? Our parish is like a close-knit family. (PARCLOSE)
TOTAL%
1) True47650.9
2) Somewhat true41244.1
3) Not true434.6
9) No response40.4
TOTAL935100.0
7) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? Our parish is vibrant, active, and alive. (PARVIBRA)
TOTAL%
1) True54157.9
2) Somewhat true34937.3
3) Not true394.2
9) No response60.6
TOTAL935100.0
8) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? Our parish is open to social, ethnic, and cultural diversity. (PARSOCIA)
TOTAL%
1) True61665.9
2) Somewhat true24125.8
3) Not true697.4
9) No response91.0
TOTAL935100.0
9) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? The local community is well informed about our parish. (PARINFOR)
TOTAL%
1) True26528.3
2) Somewhat true45849.0
3) Not true19821.2
9) No response141.5
TOTAL935100.0
10) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? We welcome changes and are always ready to try something new. (PARCHANG)
TOTAL%
1) True16918.1
2) Somewhat true54958.7
3) Not true20121.5
9) No response161.7
TOTAL935100.0
11) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? Our parish had a strong ethnic heritage that we are trying to preserve. (PARETHNI)
TOTAL%
1) True37039.6
2) Somewhat true31233.4
3) Not true24426.1
9) No response91.0
TOTAL935100.0
12) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? New people are easily incorporated into the life of our parish. (PARNEWPL)
TOTAL%
1) True52155.7
2) Somewhat true34937.3
3) Not true586.2
9) No response70.7
TOTAL935100.0
13) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? All parishioners are given opportunity to participate in decision making. (PARPARIS)
TOTAL%
1) True51955.5
2) Somewhat true30632.7
3) Not true9810.5
9) No response121.3
TOTAL935100.0
14) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? We have well organized social activities and fellowship groups. (PARORGAN)
TOTAL%
1) True46649.8
2) Somewhat true37039.6
3) Not true899.5
9) No response101.1
TOTAL935100.0
15) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? We do not have problems finding people to volunteer in the parish. (PARVOLUN)
TOTAL%
1) True25227.0
2) Somewhat true45648.8
3) Not true21422.9
9) No response131.4
TOTAL935100.0
16) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? We have good programs and activities for children and youth. (PARPROGR)
TOTAL%
1) True49552.9
2) Somewhat true33535.8
3) Not true9710.4
9) No response80.9
TOTAL935100.0
17) How well does each of the following statements describe your parish? Our parish expects people to think and to learn. (PARTHINK)
TOTAL%
1) True51555.1
2) Somewhat true33836.1
3) Not true727.7
9) No response101.1
TOTAL935100.0
18) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALHOLY)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box859.1
1) 1 – Liturgy, sharing in Holy Communion/Eucharist85090.9
TOTAL935100.0
19) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALSERM)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box62767.1
1) 2 – Sermons and homilies30832.9
TOTAL935100.0
20) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALSUNSC)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box71075.9
1) 3 – Sunday school for children and teenagers22524.1
TOTAL935100.0
21) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALPROG)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box79685.1
1) 4 – Programs for children and youth other than Sunday school13914.9
TOTAL935100.0
22) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALEDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box72377.3
1) 5 – Religions education programs for adults21222.7
TOTAL935100.0
23) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALEVANG)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box87693.7
1) 6 - Evangelism – reaching out to those who do not attend church596.3
TOTAL935100.0
24) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALSPRTG)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box46149.3
1) 7 – Spiritual guidance and care provided by your priest47450.7
TOTAL935100.0
25) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALFAMIL)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box89996.1
1) 8 – Family-oriented programs such as family nights, premarital counseling, young family counseling363.9
TOTAL935100.0
26) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALSOCAC)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box76882.1
1) 9 – Parish's social activities and fellowship groups16717.9
TOTAL935100.0
27) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALPRACT)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box71676.6
1) 10 – Practical care of parishioners for one another in times of need21923.4
TOTAL935100.0
28) Out of the following, please choose THREE aspects of your parish life which you personally MOST value? (VALNOANS)
TOTAL%
0) Checked at least one box91898.2
1) No answer171.8
TOTAL935100.0
29) Compared to the present, what do you think will happen to your parish in the next five years? (PARFIVEY)
TOTAL%
1) It will grow53357.0
2) It will stay the same25827.6
3) It will decline11011.8
9) No answer343.6
TOTAL935100.0
30) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? Clearer vision of parish future (STRVISIO)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us24025.7
2) This will be helpful45448.6
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect22123.6
9) No answer202.1
TOTAL935100.0
31) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More agreement and unity among parishioners (STRAGREE)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us16017.1
2) This will be helpful43846.8
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect31633.8
9) No answer212.2
TOTAL935100.0
32) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More effective lay leadership (STRLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us14815.8
2) This will be helpful40243.0
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect36639.1
9) No answer192.0
TOTAL935100.0
33) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More effective pastoral leadership (STRPASTL)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us818.7
2) This will be helpful18720.0
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect64869.3
9) No answer192.0
TOTAL935100.0
34) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More volunteers and enthusiastic people (STRVOLUN)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us27629.5
2) This will be helpful52456.0
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect12513.4
9) No answer101.1
TOTAL935100.0
35) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More money (STRMONEY)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us30832.9
2) This will be helpful52956.6
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect828.8
9) No answer161.7
TOTAL935100.0
36) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More active congregational participation in liturgy (STRLITPR)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us12213.0
2) This will be helpful39942.7
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect39642.4
9) No answer181.9
TOTAL935100.0
37) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More youth involvement (STRYOUTH)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us23625.2
2) This will be helpful48551.9
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect20121.5
9) No answer131.4
TOTAL935100.0
38) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? Better organized social activities and fellowship groups (STRORGAN)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us9810.5
2) This will be helpful44347.4
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect37840.4
9) No answer161.7
TOTAL935100.0
39) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? Better organized religious education programs (STRORGED)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us11312.1
2) This will be helpful39442.1
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect41344.2
9) No answer151.6
TOTAL935100.0
40) What is most needed for your parish to strengthen and to grow? More innovative approach to liturgical life (STRLITIN)
TOTAL%
1) This is very urgent for us697.4
2) This will be helpful31033.2
3) We are basically satisfied with this aspect53757.4
9) No answer192.0
TOTAL935100.0
41) Page 1, RESPTYPE to STRLITIN, optional comments (OPTCOMM)
42) In general, how would you describe your parish's approaches to church life in comparison with "typical" Greek Orthodox parishes? (CHRCHLIF)
TOTAL%
1) We are more "modern" and allow for more differences of opinion in application of Orthodox principles to everyday parish life.19621.0
2) We are similar to "typical" Orthodox parishes.50554.0
3) We are more "traditional" and tend to be stricter in application of Orthodox principles to everyday parish life.18119.4
9) No answer535.7
TOTAL935100.0
43) How would you describe the strength of the financial commitment demonstrated by your fellow parishioners? (FINANCOM)
TOTAL%
1) Most of our parishioners willingly contribute generously to the parish.25427.2
2) Many of our parishioners have limited finances, but nevertheless they contribute what they can to the parish.26127.9
3) Some of our parishioners demonstrate a strong financial commitment to the parish, while others don't care at all.22924.5
4) There is a small core group of parishioners who donate most of the parish contributions while most give very little.13714.7
5) Unfortunately, very few of our parishioners consider parish needs among their personal priorities.131.4
9) No answer414.4
TOTAL935100.0
44) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLCONS)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box52255.8
1) Rise in consumerism41344.2
TOTAL935100.0
45) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLECON)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box71776.7
1) New and changing economic trends21823.3
TOTAL935100.0
46) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLNONT)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box47050.3
1) More people living in "non-traditional" families46549.7
TOTAL935100.0
47) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLRACI)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box63968.3
1) Increasing racial and ethnic diversity29631.7
TOTAL935100.0
48) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLGROW)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box76281.5
1) Further growth of the Internet17318.5
TOTAL935100.0
49) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLEDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box67772.4
1) More educated population25827.6
TOTAL935100.0
50) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLCIVC)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box78083.4
1) Decline in civic involvement15516.6
TOTAL935100.0
51) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLWAR)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box84490.3
1) War and terrorism919.7
TOTAL935100.0
52) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLPART)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box63968.3
1) New forms of religious participation: Internet churches, New Age religions, mega-churches29631.7
TOTAL935100.0
53) What broad patterns in American society do you think will have the MOST INFLUENCE on the Orthodox Churches in the US in the foreseeable future? Please choose UP TO THREE ANSWERS. (INFLNOAN)
TOTAL%
0) Checked at least one box89295.4
1) No answer434.6
TOTAL935100.0
54) Of the following, which ONE best describes your opinion of the present and future directions for the Orthodox Church in the US? (DIRECTN)
TOTAL%
1) We need to get back to the way we did things in the past.576.1
2) We are faithfully maintaining our historic traditions and we should continue to do so.39241.9
3) The Orthodox Church in the US is currently in the process of numerous changes and I feel optimistic about this.25327.1
4) I feel that we are too strongly "tied" to our past. We need rethink where we are now and decide about new directions.18319.6
9) No answer505.3
TOTAL935100.0
55) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Issue of youth and young adults leaving the Church (ISSLEAVE)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed73979.0
2) Somewhat important to be discussed16517.6
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed171.8
9) No answer141.5
TOTAL935100.0
56) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Relationship between mainstream American culture and traditions and requirements of the Orthodox Church (ISSCULTU)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed53156.8
2) Somewhat important to be discussed33035.3
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed535.7
9) No answer212.2
TOTAL935100.0
57) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Family problems of Orthodox priests (ISSPROBS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed17018.2
2) Somewhat important to be discussed43146.1
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed30933.0
9) No answer252.7
TOTAL935100.0
58) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? The process of selecting bishops (ISSBISHP)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed26228.0
2) Somewhat important to be discussed39742.5
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed23625.2
9) No answer404.3
TOTAL935100.0
59) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? The issue of "ethnic" versus "American" parishes (ISSETHAM)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed38641.3
2) Somewhat important to be discussed41944.8
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed10511.2
9) No answer252.7
TOTAL935100.0
60) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Sharing ministry with laity (ISSSHARE)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed23625.2
2) Somewhat important to be discussed46549.7
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed19020.3
9) No answer444.7
TOTAL935100.0
61) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? The relationship between American Orthodox Churches and the Mother Churches in the Old World (ISSRELAT)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed32334.5
2) Somewhat important to be discussed43046.0
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed16217.3
9) No answer202.1
TOTAL935100.0
62) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Recruiting priests from converts to Orthodoxy (ISSRECRT)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed25827.6
2) Somewhat important to be discussed46449.6
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed18619.9
9) No answer272.9
TOTAL935100.0
63) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Representation of the local parish at decision making on the diocesan or national level (ISSREPRS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed40643.4
2) Somewhat important to be discussed41844.7
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed869.2
9) No answer252.7
TOTAL935100.0
64) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? The lack of clear professional standards for priests (ISSPROFS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed22724.3
2) Somewhat important to be discussed40643.4
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed26628.4
9) No answer363.9
TOTAL935100.0
65) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Ordination of women (ISSORDIN)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed929.8
2) Somewhat important to be discussed19320.6
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed62767.1
9) No answer232.5
TOTAL935100.0
66) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Issue of mixed (Orthodox/non-Orthodox) marriages (ISSMIXED)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed34536.9
2) Somewhat important to be discussed44347.4
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed13013.9
9) No answer171.8
TOTAL935100.0
67) Numerous issues relating to the Church life are being discussed today and may also have impact on your parish. In your opinion, how important would an open discussion be in the Church in the following areas? Issue of interfaith (Orthodox/non-Christian) marriages (ISSINTER)
TOTAL%
1) Very important to be discussed37940.5
2) Somewhat important to be discussed39442.1
3) Not important or don't want it to be discussed14515.5
9) No answer171.8
TOTAL935100.0
68) Page 2, CHRCHLIF to ISSINTER, optional comments (OPTCOMM2)
69) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That lay people have little say in decision making in the Church (PROBDECS)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem11212.0
2) Somewhat of a problem42845.8
3) Not a problem36438.9
9) No answer313.3
TOTAL935100.0
70) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That clergy and laity are growing apart in their perceptions about Church life (PROGROW)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem15316.4
2) Somewhat of a problem40743.5
3) Not a problem34536.9
9) No answer303.2
TOTAL935100.0
71) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That parishioners no longer live up to the obligations involved in practicing the Orthodox faith (PROBOBLG)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem32935.2
2) Somewhat of a problem45748.9
3) Not a problem12513.4
9) No answer242.6
TOTAL935100.0
72) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That there is poor religious education in the local parishes (PROBPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem23925.6
2) Somewhat of a problem39442.1
3) Not a problem27229.1
9) No answer303.2
TOTAL935100.0
73) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That lay people are not consulted enough in forming the Church's social and moral teaching (PROBSOCL)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem747.9
2) Somewhat of a problem34536.9
3) Not a problem48652.0
9) No answer303.2
TOTAL935100.0
74) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That parents don't teach their children the faith the way they should (PROBTCH)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem44047.1
2) Somewhat of a problem37440.0
3) Not a problem9710.4
9) No answer242.6
TOTAL935100.0
75) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That women are not involved enough in Church decision making (PROBWOMN)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem798.4
2) Somewhat of a problem29431.4
3) Not a problem53957.6
9) No answer232.5
TOTAL935100.0
76) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That youths and young adults are not as involved in the Church as much as they should be (PROBINVL)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem40843.6
2) Somewhat of a problem38741.4
3) Not a problem11412.2
9) No answer262.8
TOTAL935100.0
77) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That everyday Church life in many parishes is out of touch with reality and daily needs of parishioners (PROBOUTT)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem14315.3
2) Somewhat of a problem43346.3
3) Not a problem32735.0
9) No answer323.4
TOTAL935100.0
78) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That the liturgy is hard to understand (PROBLITU)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem889.4
2) Somewhat of a problem21623.1
3) Not a problem60164.3
9) No answer303.2
TOTAL935100.0
79) Below is the list of issues that some people consider problems in the Church. In your view, how much of a problem is each of the following? That preaching doesn't address the needs and issues of modern life (PROBMODR)
TOTAL%
1) Serious problem10311.0
2) Somewhat of a problem27129.0
3) Not a problem53857.5
9) No answer232.5
TOTAL935100.0
80) The subject of "Orthodox unity" in America has been discussed for a long time. What do you think about the current situation and possible future developments? (PROBUNTS)
TOTAL%
0) Other, provided open ended answer in PROBUNTL707.5
1) I think that the question of Orthodox unity is unnecessarily overemphasized in our Church life and that there are many other issues which are more urgent and important for the future of Orthodoxy in America.919.7
2) I think that we are on the right path. Orthodox unity in US will be eventually achieved through the increasing co-operation among the various American Orthodox jurisdictions in the framework of SCOBA and through the other inter-Orthodox agencies and organizations – the way it goes now.37540.1
3) I think that very little has been done so far to achieve this goal. We need more consistent efforts and should act much more intentionally.35437.9
9) No answer454.8
TOTAL935100.0
81) The subject of "Orthodox unity" in America has been discussed for a long time. What do you think about the current situation and possible future developments? (Open ended answer) (PROBUNTL)
82) Please, choose ONE of the following two statements: (STATMENT)
TOTAL%
1) In a rapidly changing world, it is essential that priests follow the inherited traditions and practices of the Church.56059.9
2) In a rapidly changing world, it is essential that priests should be open to changes and adaptations of established Church traditions to contemporary realities.33135.4
9) No answer444.7
TOTAL935100.0
83) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLWORSH)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box646.8
1) Leading worship and administering the sacraments87193.2
TOTAL935100.0
84) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLTEACH)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box42945.9
1) Teaching parishioners about Orthodox doctrine and traditions50654.1
TOTAL935100.0
85) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLTRAIN)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box90296.5
1) Training parishioners for various Church ministries333.5
TOTAL935100.0
86) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLREACH)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box83589.3
1) Reaching out to non-Orthodox people10010.7
TOTAL935100.0
87) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLADMIN)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box77983.3
1) Administering the work of the parish15616.7
TOTAL935100.0
88) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLVISIT)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box52756.4
1) Visiting, counseling, helping parishioners40843.6
TOTAL935100.0
89) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLPROVD)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box76181.4
1) Providing a vision and goals for the parish's future17418.6
TOTAL935100.0
90) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLOFFER)
TOTAL%
0) Did not check box49152.5
1) Offering his guidance and being a spiritual model for parishioners44447.5
TOTAL935100.0
91) What do you think are three main roles that your priest actually plays in your parish? Please make three choices. (ROLNOANS)
TOTAL%
0) Selected at least one box91397.6
1) Did not check any box222.4
TOTAL935100.0
92) Which of the following is the best description of the style of leadership of your priest? (STYLLEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest makes most of decisions; parishioners generally follow him.12813.7
2) Our priest inspires parishioners to act by themselves, but acts alone if he believes that it is needed.47050.3
3) Our priest acts mainly on goals that parishioners have settled, although he tries to influence their decisions.20722.1
4) Parishioners come up with most of initiatives and make most of the decisions about parish's directions and programs.798.4
9) No answer515.5
TOTAL935100.0
93) To what extent does your parish priest take into account the ideas of parishioners? (IDEAPARS)
TOTAL%
1) To a great extent52756.4
2) To some extent32835.1
3) To a small extent384.1
4) Not at all70.7
9) No answer353.7
TOTAL935100.0
94) Page 3, PROBDECS to STYLLEAD, Optional Comments (OPTCOMM3)
95) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to preach well (WRKPRCH)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.73778.8
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.14315.3
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.404.3
9) No answer151.6
TOTAL935100.0
96) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to refer to and to interpret Scripture easily (WRKSCRPT)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.79785.2
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.10210.9
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.131.4
9) No answer232.5
TOTAL935100.0
97) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to relate social issues to Orthodox doctrine (WRKSOCIA)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.73478.5
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.14915.9
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.283.0
9) No answer242.6
TOTAL935100.0
98) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to give spiritual direction for parishioners (WRKSPIRT)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.74479.6
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.13814.8
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.333.5
9) No answer202.1
TOTAL935100.0
99) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to communicate in languages other than English (WRKCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.50253.7
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.34136.5
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.505.3
9) No answer424.5
TOTAL935100.0
100) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to celebrate liturgy in languages other than English (WRKCELEB)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.55659.5
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.28330.3
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.434.6
9) No answer535.7
TOTAL935100.0
101) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to provide religious education for parishioners (WRKPROED)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.75380.5
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.13114.0
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.313.3
9) No answer202.1
TOTAL935100.0
102) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to deal with a conflict in a parish (WRKCONFL)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.57261.2
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.23124.7
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.10010.7
9) No answer323.4
TOTAL935100.0
103) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to counsel and help parishioners with everyday life issues (WRKCOUNS)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.70875.7
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.15216.3
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.464.9
9) No answer293.1
TOTAL935100.0
104) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Ability to be a good parish administrator (WRKADMIN)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.62266.5
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.22123.6
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.586.2
9) No answer343.6
TOTAL935100.0
105) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Fundraising and financial skills (WRKFUND)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.42545.5
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.35037.4
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.10711.4
9) No answer535.7
TOTAL935100.0
106) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Promoting a clear vision and goals for parish's future (WRKCLRV)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.55959.8
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.26528.3
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.758.0
9) No answer363.9
TOTAL935100.0
107) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Working with youth (WRKYOUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.64869.3
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.19220.5
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.717.6
9) No answer242.6
TOTAL935100.0
108) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Family counseling (WRKFAMCN)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.62066.3
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.20922.4
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.505.3
9) No answer566.0
TOTAL935100.0
109) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Social outreach into local community (WRKOUTR)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.46950.2
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.29831.9
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.13013.9
9) No answer384.1
TOTAL935100.0
110) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Evangelism and working with converts (WRKEVANG)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.65169.6
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.18119.4
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.636.7
9) No answer404.3
TOTAL935100.0
111) There are various areas of pastoral work and practical skills required from clergy. In your opinion, how experienced and confident is your parish priest with regard to each of the items listed below? Knowledge of other religious traditions (WRKKNOWL)
TOTAL%
1) Our priest is confident and experienced in this area.66971.6
2) Our priest can increase his skills in this area, but his is not a major concern for us.19320.6
3) It think that for our priest this is one of the major challenges in his work.252.7
9) No answer485.1
TOTAL935100.0
112) If you had a son and he considered becoming a priest, would you encourage or rather discourage him? (SNPRIEST)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely encourage45048.1
2) Rather encourage25327.1
3) Unsure17318.5
4) Rather discourage222.4
5) Definitely discourage151.6
9) No answer222.4
TOTAL935100.0
113) What is your approach to teaching the meaning of the Christian faith? (APPFAITH)
TOTAL%
1) There is one best and true interpretation and the Orthodox Church comes closest to teaching it.71976.9
2) There is one best interpretation, but no Christian Church can legitimately claim to be closer to it than another.838.9
3) There are probably many interpretations which are equally valid. Therefore, different churches may be equally correct teaching Christian faith.10811.6
9) No answer252.7
TOTAL935100.0
114) Which type of parish do you prefer? (PARSHPRF)
TOTAL%
1) A parish that requires uniformity of belief and practice, where people hold more or less the same views.60264.4
2) A parish where people hold different views but keep them to themselves.555.9
3) A "big-tent" parish that tolerates diversity of beliefs and practices, where people hold different views and openly discuss their disagreements and varied approaches.22724.3
9) No answer515.5
TOTAL935100.0
115) Page 4, WRKPCH to PARSHPRF, optional comments (OPTCOMM4)
116) How important to you are the following sources of authority? Sacred Scripture (IMPSCRPT)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamental84890.7
2) Somewhat important667.1
3) Of little importance40.4
9) No answer171.8
TOTAL935100.0
117) How important to you are the following sources of authority? Guidance of your parish priest (IMPGUID)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamental68573.3
2) Somewhat important23124.7
3) Of little importance60.6
9) No answer131.4
TOTAL935100.0
118) How important to you are the following sources of authority? Guidance of your ruling Metropolitan-Bishop (IMPMETRO)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamental45248.3
2) Somewhat important36839.4
3) Of little importance9910.6
9) No answer161.7
TOTAL935100.0
119) How important to you are the following sources of authority? Doctrine and traditions of the Orthodox Church (IMPDOCTR)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamental80886.4
2) Somewhat important10811.6
3) Of little importance40.4
9) No answer151.6
TOTAL935100.0
120) How important to you are the following sources of authority? Personal experience (IMPEXPER)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamental40042.8
2) Somewhat important43046.0
3) Of little importance798.4
9) No answer262.8
TOTAL935100.0
121) How important to you are the following sources of authority? Human reason and understanding (IMPHUMAN)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamental41144.0
2) Somewhat important40843.6
3) Of little importance909.6
9) No answer262.8
TOTAL935100.0
122) Below are statements describing the things you might have learned while growing up. Please, indicate which ONE statement you learned the MOST about while growing up. While growing up, did you learn most... (GROWUP1)
TOTAL%
1) About the importance of the Orthodox Church16517.6
2) About the importance of your personal relationship with God?36138.6
3) About both equally34036.4
9) No answer697.4
TOTAL935100.0
123) Below are statements describing the things you might have learned while growing up. Please, indicate which ONE statement you learned the MOST about while growing up. While growing up, did you learn most... (GROWUP2)
TOTAL%
1) That the Orthodox Church is the only true Church29932.0
2) That being a good Christian is more important than the denomination or Church one belongs to36839.4
3) Both equally19420.7
9) No answer747.9
TOTAL935100.0
124) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without going to church every Sunday. (GOODSUN)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian36238.7
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian55459.3
9) No answer192.0
TOTAL935100.0
125) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without observing Lent and fasting on certain days. (GOODLNT)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian45148.2
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian45648.8
9) No answer283.0
TOTAL935100.0
126) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without believing that in the Eucharist, the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. (GOODEUC)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian89095.2
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian323.4
9) No answer131.4
TOTAL935100.0
127) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without obeying the priest. (GOODOBY)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian42945.9
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian47050.3
9) No answer363.9
TOTAL935100.0
128) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without their marriage being approved by Orthodox Church. (GOODMRG)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian54458.2
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian36238.7
9) No answer293.1
TOTAL935100.0
129) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without donating time or money to help the poor. (GOODDON)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian65770.3
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian25026.7
9) No answer283.0
TOTAL935100.0
130) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without donating time or money to help the parish. (GOODPAR)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian66671.2
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian24526.2
9) No answer242.6
TOTAL935100.0
131) The following statements deal with what many think it takes to be a good Orthodox Christian. Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian WITHOUT performing these actions. Without believing that Jesus rose from the dead. (GOODROS)
TOTAL%
1) No, he/she cannot be considered a good Orthodox Christian90096.3
2) Yes, he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian171.8
9) No answer181.9
TOTAL935100.0
132) Would you support or oppose women in the following roles in the Church? Women as altar servers (SUPALTAR)
TOTAL%
1) Oppose46950.2
2) Not sure16517.6
3) Support28530.5
9) No response161.7
TOTAL935100.0
133) Would you support or oppose women in the following roles in the Church? Women as deacons (SUPDEACN)
TOTAL%
1) Oppose48051.3
2) Not sure17718.9
3) Support26428.2
9) No response141.5
TOTAL935100.0
134) Would you support or oppose women in the following roles in the Church? Women as priests (SUPRIEST)
TOTAL%
1) Oppose71176.0
2) Not sure11712.5
3) Support919.7
9) No response161.7
TOTAL935100.0
135) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Orthodox bishops in America strive to guide the Church wisely and competently. (STRIVE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree18920.2
2) Rather agree33736.0
3) Neutral or unsure22724.3
4) Rather disagree11612.4
5) Strongly disagree485.1
9) No response181.9
TOTAL935100.0
136) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: On the whole, parish priests do a good job. (GOODJOB)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree32735.0
2) Rather agree47751.0
3) Neutral or unsure919.7
4) Rather disagree212.2
5) Strongly disagree30.3
9) No response161.7
TOTAL935100.0
137) Page 5, IMPSCRPT to GOODJOB, optional comments (OPTCOMM5)
138) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: In general there is a good match between our parish and our priest. (MATCH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree57461.4
2) Rather agree25727.5
3) Neutral or unsure525.6
4) Rather disagree232.5
5) Strongly disagree91.0
9) No response202.1
TOTAL935100.0
139) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Ordination to the priesthood means an entirely new status which makes priest "different" from the laity within Church. (ORDINDIF)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree39442.1
2) Rather agree30632.7
3) Neutral or unsure808.6
4) Rather disagree939.9
5) Strongly disagree363.9
9) No response262.8
TOTAL935100.0
140) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: In the case of disagreements with laity, priests should have the final authority in the parish. (FINLAUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree25026.7
2) Rather agree32034.2
3) Neutral or unsure21122.6
4) Rather disagree939.9
5) Strongly disagree363.9
9) No response252.7
TOTAL935100.0
141) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The Orthodox parish is like a family: people shouldn't even think about leaving with the intent to "pick and choose" another parish. (FAMPICK)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree19120.4
2) Rather agree26228.0
3) Neutral or unsure19520.9
4) Rather disagree20521.9
5) Strongly disagree646.8
9) No response181.9
TOTAL935100.0
142) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: To be truly Orthodox Christian, one must accept unquestioningly all teachings and requirements of the Orthodox Church. (TRLYTCH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree25727.5
2) Rather agree32034.2
3) Neutral or unsure11512.3
4) Rather disagree16117.2
5) Strongly disagree606.4
9) No response222.4
TOTAL935100.0
143) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Only members of the Orthodox Church can be saved. (MEMSAVED)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree192.0
2) Rather agree475.0
3) Neutral or unsure14615.6
4) Rather disagree26328.1
5) Strongly disagree43947.0
9) No response212.2
TOTAL935100.0
144) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Orthodox Christianity contains a greater share of truth than other religions do. (GRTTRUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree50353.8
2) Rather agree25126.8
3) Neutral or unsure10411.1
4) Rather disagree353.7
5) Strongly disagree242.6
9) No response181.9
TOTAL935100.0
145) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The only reason for Orthodox to participate in inter-Christian meetings and discussions is to spread the message of Orthodox Christianity and to seek conversion of others into the Orthodox faith. (PARTICIP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree12813.7
2) Rather agree19020.3
3) Neutral or unsure14815.8
4) Rather disagree31133.3
5) Strongly disagree13814.8
9) No response202.1
TOTAL935100.0
146) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I cannot imagine being anything but Orthodox. (ONLYORTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree65069.5
2) Rather agree14915.9
3) Neutral or unsure525.6
4) Rather disagree505.3
5) Strongly disagree192.0
9) No response151.6
TOTAL935100.0
147) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: It is very important to me that the younger generation of my family grow up as Orthodox Christians. (YOUNGGEN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree63367.7
2) Rather agree17919.1
3) Neutral or unsure727.7
4) Rather disagree232.5
5) Strongly disagree50.5
9) No response232.5
TOTAL935100.0
148) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I often feel that I cannot explain my faith to others. (EXPLFAIT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree374.0
2) Rather agree21823.3
3) Neutral or unsure9610.3
4) Rather disagree34336.7
5) Strongly disagree22023.5
9) No response212.2
TOTAL935100.0
149) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The primary calling of married women is in the sphere of home and family. All other social and business activities should be considered as secondary in comparison with family duties and obligations. (PRIMMARY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree14615.6
2) Rather agree22924.5
3) Neutral or unsure14515.5
4) Rather disagree22424.0
5) Strongly disagree16717.9
9) No response242.6
TOTAL935100.0
150) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The idea that the priest is a "man set apart" is a barrier to the full realization of true Christian community. (MANSETAP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree18119.4
2) Rather agree27929.8
3) Neutral or unsure24225.9
4) Rather disagree14715.7
5) Strongly disagree555.9
9) No response313.3
TOTAL935100.0
151) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Most priests don't expect the laity to be leaders, just followers. (LAITFOLL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree17118.3
2) Rather agree39442.1
3) Neutral or unsure19520.9
4) Rather disagree12012.8
5) Strongly disagree353.7
9) No response202.1
TOTAL935100.0
152) Page 6, MATCH to LAITFOLL, optional comments (OPTCOMM6)
153) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Priests today need to be more involved with broad social and moral issues beyond their own parish's level. (INVOLVBR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree616.5
2) Rather agree16317.4
3) Neutral or unsure25727.5
4) Rather disagree27129.0
5) Strongly disagree15616.7
9) No response272.9
TOTAL935100.0
154) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: It is urgent that priests achieve greater social status as competent professionals in the eyes of Orthodox community. (URGPROF)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree242.6
2) Rather agree11612.4
3) Neutral or unsure19420.7
4) Rather disagree37440.0
5) Strongly disagree20722.1
9) No response202.1
TOTAL935100.0
155) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The Orthodox Church in the U.S. should welcome Roman Catholic priests and Protestant ministers who want to become Orthodox priests. (CATHPROT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree161.7
2) Rather agree434.6
3) Neutral or unsure13814.8
4) Rather disagree34136.5
5) Strongly disagree37940.5
9) No response181.9
TOTAL935100.0
156) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I think it is a good idea if Orthodox parishes were to choose their own priest from among available priests. (OWNPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree9410.1
2) Rather agree16517.6
3) Neutral or unsure24626.3
4) Rather disagree23625.2
5) Strongly disagree16918.1
9) No response252.7
TOTAL935100.0
157) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I think it is a good idea if Orthodox clergy and laity were more involved in the selection of bishops. (INVSELCT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree535.7
2) Rather agree818.7
3) Neutral or unsure26027.8
4) Rather disagree32234.4
5) Strongly disagree19320.6
9) No response262.8
TOTAL935100.0
158) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The Orthodox Church needs to move faster in empowering lay persons in ministry. (FASTEMPO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree485.1
2) Rather agree12813.7
3) Neutral or unsure33736.0
4) Rather disagree28330.3
5) Strongly disagree11512.3
9) No response242.6
TOTAL935100.0
159) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I would like to have more access to our bishops to discuss Church matters. (MORACCES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree171.8
2) Rather agree10711.4
3) Neutral or unsure30332.4
4) Rather disagree35237.6
5) Strongly disagree13414.3
9) No response222.4
TOTAL935100.0
160) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: All Orthodox Christians should have the individual freedom to interpret the Scriptures and Orthodox Tradition for themselves and be tolerant of differing interpretations. (INDFREED)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree36639.1
2) Rather agree25627.4
3) Neutral or unsure11712.5
4) Rather disagree13314.2
5) Strongly disagree404.3
9) No response232.5
TOTAL935100.0
161) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: The Orthodox Church should allow its local parishes more freedom to explore new forms and patterns of liturgical life. (LOCFREED)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree33836.1
2) Rather agree26328.1
3) Neutral or unsure17518.7
4) Rather disagree10511.2
5) Strongly disagree374.0
9) No response171.8
TOTAL935100.0
162) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I am willing to tolerate different viewpoints on Church life in my parish even if it spills over into conflict sometimes. (TOLVIEWP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree12313.2
2) Rather agree19821.2
3) Neutral or unsure20822.2
4) Rather disagree33435.7
5) Strongly disagree535.7
9) No response192.0
TOTAL935100.0
163) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I can perfectly well imagine myself learning about Jesus and Christian faith from the people in other (not Orthodox) Christian churches. (LRNFAITH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree20722.1
2) Rather agree22524.1
3) Neutral or unsure15216.3
4) Rather disagree23425.0
5) Strongly disagree929.8
9) No response252.7
TOTAL935100.0
164) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: I feel confident explaining the Orthodox Faith to non-Orthodox. (CONFEXPL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree151.6
2) Rather agree919.7
3) Neutral or unsure12112.9
4) Rather disagree43246.2
5) Strongly disagree25327.1
9) No response232.5
TOTAL935100.0
165) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: How a person lives is more important than whether he or she is an Orthodox Christian. (PERSLIVE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree646.8
2) Rather agree14515.5
3) Neutral or unsure18419.7
4) Rather disagree33736.0
5) Strongly disagree17919.1
9) No response262.8
TOTAL935100.0
166) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Evolutionary theory is compatible with the idea of God as Creator. (EVOLTHRY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree21823.3
2) Rather agree12813.7
3) Neutral or unsure18820.1
4) Rather disagree21422.9
5) Strongly disagree15516.6
9) No response323.4
TOTAL935100.0
167) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Even if homosexuality is wrong, the civil rights of gays and lesbians–including legal status for "same-sex couples"-should still be protected. (CIVRGHTS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree30232.3
2) Rather agree15917.0
3) Neutral or unsure14815.8
4) Rather disagree19320.6
5) Strongly disagree10611.3
9) No response272.9
TOTAL935100.0
168) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Children need to be exposed to a variety of cultural and religious differences so they can make informed choices as adults. (EXPDIFFS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree13314.2
2) Rather agree21122.6
3) Neutral or unsure15216.3
4) Rather disagree27028.9
5) Strongly disagree14715.7
9) No response222.4
TOTAL935100.0
169) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: It is important that public schools at all levels keep religion and religious issues "out of classrooms." (PUBSCHLS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree23124.7
2) Rather agree29531.6
3) Neutral or unsure14715.7
4) Rather disagree12613.5
5) Strongly disagree11612.4
9) No response202.1
TOTAL935100.0
170) Please indicate to which extent you AGREE OR DISAGREE with the following statements: Would you generally favor or oppose teaching creationism INSTEAD OF evolution in public schools? (TCHCREAT)
TOTAL%
1) Favor29831.9
2) Oppose31733.9
3) Unsure/no opinion29431.4
9) No answer262.8
TOTAL935100.0
171) Page 7, PUBSCHLS to TCHCREAT, optional comments (OPTCOMM7)
172) What is your position in this parish (please mark all which apply): (POSCOUNC)
TOTAL%
0) Other answer70475.4
1) Parish Council Member23024.6
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
173) What is your position in this parish (please mark all which apply): (POSTCHR)
TOTAL%
0) Other answer79685.2
1) Sunday school teacher/director13814.8
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
174) What is your position in this parish (please mark all which apply): (POSCHOIR)
TOTAL%
0) Other answer73678.8
1) Choir member/director19821.2
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
175) What is your position in this parish (please mark all which apply): (POSREGPR)
TOTAL%
0) Other answer42045.0
1) Regular parish member, but not currently in a leadership position51455.0
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
176) What is your position in this parish (please mark all which apply): (POSNORES)
TOTAL%
0) Other answer91397.8
1) No response212.2
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
177) Approximately, how many years have you attended in this parish: (YRSATTND)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL93449.121166
178) Your gender: (GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male47250.5
2) Female45849.0
9) No answer40.4
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
179) What is your age? (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL93471.092135
180) Where you were born?: City/town (BORNCITY)
181) Where you were born?: State (BORNSTAT)
182) Where you were born?: Country (BORNCNTR)
183) Area of birth (BORNAREA)
TOTAL%
1) North America81687.4
2) Eastern Europe262.8
3) Western Europe181.9
4) Greece, Middle East495.2
5) Asia20.2
6) Africa50.5
9) No answer181.9
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
184) Your first "mother" language that you spoke at home as a child was: (MOTHLANG)
TOTAL%
1) English66671.3
2) Other26027.8
9) No response80.9
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
185) Your first "mother" language that you spoke at home as a child was: Other (OTHRLANG)
186) When you were a child, was the Church a part of regular life in your family (please, choose one)? (CHLDCHR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, my parents were active in church and we attended church regularly.62667.0
2) We attended church occasionally, when our family life and other circumstances allowed21122.6
3) My parents were not interested in church, and it was not a part of my family life when I was a child.818.7
9) No response161.7
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
187) Approximately, how frequently do you typically go to the church (please, choose one)? (FRQCHRCH)
TOTAL%
1) Several times a week31533.7
2) About once a week51555.1
3) Two to three times a month747.9
4) About once a month or less161.7
9) No response141.5
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
188) What is the highest level of your education? (LVLEDUC)
TOTAL%
1) High school diploma or less838.9
2) Some college or technical school. Major in:20622.1
3) College graduate with Bachelor's degree. Major in:33636.0
4) Master's degree in:22223.8
5) Doctoral degree. Please write in what area:747.9
9) No response131.4
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
189) What college major? (COLGEMAJ)
190) What Bachelor's degree? (BACHDEGR)
191) What Master's degree? (MASTDEGR)
192) What Doctoral degree? (DOCTDEGR)
193) What was your church affiliation before you became an Orthodox Christian? Please, choose one option: (CHRCHAFF)
TOTAL%
1) I have always been an Orthodox Christian.55159.0
2) I was a Roman Catholic.12113.0
3) I was a Liberal Protestant. Please, write what was your denomination:293.1
4) I was a Moderate Protestant. Please, write what was your denomination:10210.9
5) I was an Evangelical Protestant. Please, write what was your denomination:9510.2
6) I was agnostic (no religion)283.0
9) No response80.9
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
194) If Liberal Protestant, please, write what was your denomination: (LIBERPRO)
195) If Moderate Protestant, please, write what was your denomination: (MODPRO)
196) If Evangelical Protestant, please, write what was your denomination: (EVANGPRO)
197) When you think about your theological position and approach to church life, which word best describes where you stand? Please, choose one option only. (THEOSTND)
TOTAL%
1) I am conservative. The Orthodox Church should avoid changes in its life and theology.25727.5
2) I am traditional. Any changes in the Orthodox Church should be very gradual.37339.9
3) I am moderate. I am willing to accept new developments and changes in church life depending on local circumstances.24926.7
4) I am liberal. I am willing to initiate and promote new developments and changes in church life.394.2
9) No answer161.7
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
198) Do you have close friends outside of the Orthodox Church? (CLSFRNDS)
TOTAL%
1) Not really. Other than business, I have few personal social contacts with people who are non-Orthodox.313.3
2) I have some friends who are non-Orthodox, but most of my closest friends are Orthodox Christians. Basically, I prefer to have friends who are also Orthodox Christians.18619.9
3) I probably have equal numbers of friends who are Orthodox and not Orthodox Christians.37440.0
4) Most of my personal friend are not Orthodox Christians.25927.7
5) I don't care much about the religion of my friends.737.8
9) No response111.2
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
199) Page 8, POSCOUNC to CLSFRNDS, optional comments (OPTCOMM8)
200) I-AGE: What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18 years old or younger80.9
2) Between 19 and 25 years old545.9
3) Between 26 and 45 years old26428.9
4) Between 46 and 65 years old39643.3
5) 66 years old or older19221.0
Missing21 
TOTAL914100.0
201) I-EDUC: What is the highest level of your education? (for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) High school diploma or less838.9
2) Some college or technical school20622.1
3) College graduate with Bachelor's degree33636.0
4) Master's degree22223.8
5) Doctoral degree747.9
9) No response131.4
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0
202) I-GENDER: Your gender: (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male47250.5
2) Female45849.0
9) No answer40.4
Missing1 
TOTAL934100.0