U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2011, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Associate or Assistant Leader Survey

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Over 500,000 worshipers in more than 5,000 congregations across America participated in the U.S. Congregational Life Survey (Wave 1 and Wave 2)ómaking it the largest survey of worshipers in America ever conducted. Three types of surveys were completed in each participating congregation: (a) an attender survey completed by all worshipers age 15 and older who attended worship services during the weekend the survey was given; (b) a congregational profile describing the congregationís facilities, staff, programs, and worship services completed by one person in the congregation; and (c) a leader survey completed by the pastor, priest, minister, rabbi, or other principal leader. Together the information collected provides a unique three-dimensional look at religious life in America. (From Appendix 1, U.S. Congregational Life Survey Methodology, A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations, Second Edition.)

This data file contains data for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Associate Leader Survey for the Wave 2 U.S. Congregational Life Survey. (U.S. Congregational Life Survey Wave 2 PC(USA) Attender data, PC(USA) Congregational Profile data, and PC(USA) Leader data will be provided in separate data files.)

Data File
Cases: 752
Variables: 432
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 2011
Original Survey (Instrument)
USCLS Associate Leader Survey, Wave 2
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
The Louisville Institute
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Collection Procedures
Self-administered surveys
Sampling Procedures
Using denominational records, PIs sent a PC(USA) Associate Leader Survey to every associate pastor in the PC(USA), along with a postage-paid return envelope. Surveys were mailed to 1,254 associate pastors. Full-time, paid associate pastors serving in 611 congregations completed 752 surveys, a response rate of 59%. (The response rate would be higher if we included part-time PC(USA) associate pastors who filled out an associate leader survey.

The 8-page PC(USA) Associate Leader Survey was similar to the PC(USA) Leader Survey included in the package sent out to churches participating in Wave 2 and completed by the principal leader.
Principal Investigators
Cynthia Woolever, Research Services, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), co-principal investigator

Deborah Bruce, Associate Research Manager, Research Services, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), co-principal investigator

Joelle Kopacz, Research Assistant, Research Services, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Ida Smith-Williams, Associate for Information, Research Services, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Related Publications
A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Whoís Going Where and Why. Second Edition. 2010. Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, Westminster John Knox Press.

A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Whoís Going Where and Why. 2002. Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, Westminster John Knox Press.

Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations. 2004. Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, Westminster John Knox Press.

Places of Promise: Finding Strength in Your Congregationís Location. 2008. Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, Westminster John Knox Press.

Leadership That Fits Your Church: What Kind of Pastor for What Kind of Congregation. 2012. Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, Westminster John Knox Press.

Other reports are listed at: http://www.USCongregations.org
Merging Datasets
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Associate Leader data can be linked to the PC(USA) Attender data, PC(USA) Congregational Profile data, or PC(USA) Leader data by the APID2008 variable.

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