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U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Church of the Nazarene Leaders




Woolever, C., Wulff, K., Bruce, D., Smith-Williams, I., & Crow, K. (2021, May 24). U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Church of the Nazarene Leaders.


"Over 300,000 worshipers in over 2,000 congregations across America participated in the U.S. Congregational Life Survey--making it the largest survey of worshipers in America ever conducted. Three types of surveys were completed in each participating congregation: (a) an attendee survey completed by all worshipers age 15 and older who attended worship services during the weekend of April 29, 2001; (b) a Congregational Profile describing the congregation's 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 leader. Together the information collected provides a unique three-dimensional look at religious life in America." (From Appendix 1, A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's Going Where and Why. U.S. Congregational Life Survey Methodology.) This data file contains data for Church of the Nazarene Leaders from the random sample of Church of the Nazarene congregations. The Congregational Life Survey also has a Congregational profile for Church of the Nazarene congregations and an Attender survey of all Church of the Nazarene worshipers.

The ARDA has added four additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 107
Variables: 247
Weight Variable: None

Data Collection

April 29, 2001

Original Survey (Instrument)

USCLS Leader Survey

Funded By

The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
The Louisville Institute
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Pulpit& Pew (Duke University)
Church of the Nazarene

Collection Procedures

Self-administered surveys

Sampling Procedures

"The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago identified a random sample of U.S. congregations attended by individuals who participated in the General Social Survey (GSS) in the year 2000. All GSS participants who reported that they attended worship at least once in the prior year were asked to name the place where they worshiped. Since the GSS involves a national random sample of individuals, congregations identified by GSS participants comprise a national random sample of congregations. NORC researchers verified that each nominated congregation was an actual congregation and then invited each congregation to participate in the project."

"Denominations were also invited and encouraged to draw a random sample of their congregations. Denominational samples were large enough so that the results are representative of worshipers and congregations in each denomination. This allows denominations to compare their typical congregation and worshiper to congregations and worshipers in other denominations. Denominations participating in this oversampling procedure were: Church of the Nazarene, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Roman Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, United Methodist Church (UMC), and United Church of Christ (UCC)." (From Appendix 1, A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's Going Where and Why. U.S. Congregational Life Survey Methodology.)

The sampling universe for the Church of the Nazarene was all Nazarene churches in the United States with between 25 and 500 persons in average worship attendance. From this universe, a random sample of 498 congregations was invited to participate. 160 agreed to participate and 109 returned the completed attender forms.

The response rate for the Church of the Nazarene church leader sample was 66.88 percent of congregations that agreed to participate.

The Church of the Nazarene leader data can be linked to the Nazarene Profile and Attender data by the ID variable. Note: The ID variable in the Leader survey is the same variable as the CONGREGA variable in the Attender and Profile surveys.

Principal Investigators

Cynthia Woolever, Professor of Sociology of Religious Organizations, Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary, co-principal investigator

Keith Wulff, Coordinator of Research Services, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), co-principal investigator

Deborah Bruce, Associate Research Manager, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), project manager

Ida Smith-Williams, Associate for Information, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), data management specialist

Kenneth Crow, Church of the Nazarene, coordinated the congregational sampling and recruiting of congregations for the Church of the Nazarene oversample.

Related Publications

A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's 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, 2004.

Crow, Kenneth, Richard Houseal, and Dale E. Jones. Fall 2003. How do pastors use their time? GROW Magazine.

Crow, Kenneth, Richard Houseal, and Dale E. Jones. Winter 2003. Is the commitment and satisfaction survey accurate for Nazarene Pastors? GROW Magazine.


Category labels for Q4 or DENOM121, DENOM122
0 None
15 Baptist
24 Free Will Baptist
37 Southern Baptist
45 Brethen
48 Church of the Brethren
55 Christian & Missionary Alliances
64 Church of Christ Holiness
69 Anderson Church of God
76 Church of God Holiness
79 Church of the Nazarene
91 Episcopal Church
97 Evangelical Free Church of America
99 Friends-Quakers
105 Independents Fundamental Churches
118 Lutheran
123 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
127 Protestant Conference-Lutheran
145 Methodist
150 Free Methodist Church of North America
155 United Methodist Church
185 Pentecostal
186 Assemblies of God
197 Presbyterian
204 Presbyterian Church USA
213 Roman Catholic Church
224 United Church of Christ
228 Wesleyan Church
999 Unknown - Not Sure
Category labels for Q27 or DEGREE
44 Eastern Baptist Theo Seminary
72 Asbury Theo Seminary
141 Nazarene Theo Seminary
269 Northwest Nazarene College
319 Eastern Nazarene College
355 Trevecca Nazarene College
401 Wheaton College Grad School of Theo
451 Colorado College
654 Southern Nazarene Univ
668 Olivet Nazarene Univ
710 Azusa Pacific Univ
1029 Midamerica Nazarene College
1502 Bethany Bible College
1649 Covington Theo Seminary
2031 Point Loma Nazarene College
9967 Midwest Christian College
9971 Kansas City College
9976 Hispanic Bible Seminary
9990 Union BC-Westfield
9991 Mt Vernon Nazarene College
9999 Unknown

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