Faith Communities Today Survey (FACT) 2000, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

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The Faith Communities Today (FACT) surveys were coordinated by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at the Hartford Seminary. Forty-one faith groups and denominations participated in the project. Each group designed a questionnaire in order to collect data that could be used to compare local churches, synagogues and mosques within the different participating groups. This dataset represents the results from the survey of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations.

Data File
Cases: 832
Variables: 311
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: Winter 2000
Original Survey (Instrument)
Congregations 2000: A Survey of Congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Collection Procedures
Sampled congregations were sent paper copies of the survey instrument and invited to participate.
Sampling Procedures
One thousand of 10,816 total ELCA congregations were selected using a systematic sample stratified by ELCA region and baptized membership and invited to participate.

Of the 1,000 surveys sent, 832 were returned, for an overall response rate of 83.2 percent.
Principal Investigators
Department for Research and Evaluation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Cooperative Congregational Studies Project
Related Publications
Faith Communities Today (Cooperative Congregational Studies Project)

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