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Faith Communities Today

Index:  
Introduction and Contact Information
Summary of the Assemblies of God Faith Communities Today study
Detailed Results
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Methodology of the survey

Introduction:

The Assemblies of God participation in the FACT project included a survey of 958 churches randomly chosen from a listing of all A/G congregations in the United States. A total of 619 questionnaires were returned for a 64.6% response rate. Examine the version of the questionnaire used by the Assemblies of God. 

If you are interested in obtaining specific information about the results of the Assemblies of God survey, please get in touch with their official contact person Efraim Espinoza at [email protected]

Several persons were involved in collecting the Assemblies of God information. Sherri Doty was a key researcher and Efraim Espinoza is the person charged with encouraging denominational congregations to use this information. 

Background of the FACT project:

The Faith Communities Today (FACT) project, first know as the Cooperative Congregational Studies Project, is a joint effort with 44 faith groups and denominations to assess religious life in the U. S. on the congregational level. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary, coordinates the project, which is partially funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Methodology:

The Assemblies of God FACT survey of U. S. churches was conducted in February 2000. The total population of U. S. congregations (e.g. located in the 50 states and District of Columbia) with valid mailing addresses numbered 11,492.  

Churches were sorted by Sunday AM worship attendance, then state, then city. Starting with the third address, every 12th address was selected for a total of 958 churches in the primary sample.

The shadow sample was drawn in the same manner, except it began with the fourth address. Again, every 12th address was selected for a total of 958.

In February all churches in the primary sample were mailed a survey. In March non responders were sent a reminder postcard. The following month, in April, shadow sample replacement surveys were mailed.

We received 619 usable surveys from a sample size of 958 churches, a response rate of 65 percent. We are 95% confident that these estimates are within +/- 3% of the correct values.

Size of churches reporting

As is typical with our surveys, larger churches are slightly over-represented and smaller churches are slightly under-represented. The following chart compares the size of churches that responded, to the size of churches selected in the primary sample.

Sunday AM Attendance

Responding churches

Sample churches

Frequency

Valid %

Frequency

Valid %

   

 

   

Under 50

152

26.3

348

37.1

50-99

176

30.4

280

29.9

100+

251

43.4

310

33.0

Total Valid Cases

579

 

938

 

Missing

40

 

20

 

Total Cases

619

 

958

 

For more statistics about the Assemblies of God Church, visit the statistics research section of the A/G web site.

If you would like to know more about the Assemblies of God, visit the denomination's official
web site at www.ag.org. In addition, read the press release they have released on the
project. This press release is also available in Spanish in Adobe .pdf format which requires
Adobe Acrobat Reader. This can be downloaded for free by going to the Adobe website.