Religious Leaders of One’s Congregation (2006)
The following questions were asked of persons who were involved with a religious congregation. The results show strong support and satisfaction with the religious leadership in general. We do not know about the attitudes of persons no longer affiliated with a religious congregation because of dissatisfaction. For each of the questions below we present the most interesting categories from which people could choose.
|How close are you to the primary religious leader of your congregation?|
| ||Very to Extremely close||37%|
| ||Not at all||22%|
There is a range of closeness to the religious leaders, from over a third feeling very close while nearly a quarter are not close at all. This is likely due to a number of reasons such as length of membership, personality, and accessibility. We have measures to allow us to examine some of these possibilities. COMMENT.
|How much respect do you have for your religious leader?
| || A great deal ||69%|
|How often do you talk with the primary religious leader, other than "hello" after services?|
| || At least once a week ||24%|
| || Never||22%|
|How often have you received a personal visit or counseling from religious leaders or staff?|
| || Once a month or more ||12%|
| || Never||52%|
|Satisfaction with how money is used?|
| || Somewhat to Very satisfied ||70%|
|Satisfaction with how major decisions are made:|
| || Somewhat to Very satisfied ||72%|
It is an encouraging result that 7 out of 10 congregants are satisfied with rather controversial issues, including money and making decisions. It is important to keep in mind that those who are most dissatisfied may have already left these congregations.