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CSR presents 2012 survey results to CRC Synod

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Former CSR director Rodger Rice and current director Neil Carlson completed a full report on the 2012 CRC Survey and presented the results (video, starts at 2:45) to the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church on Monday, June 10, 2013.

From the summer of 2012 through January 2013, the Center for Social Research (CSR) conducted the 2012 wave of the Christian Reformed Church of North America survey. As with the previous wave, the survey focused on church health and trends over time within the denomination.

The following resources are now available:

Questions? Contact CSR at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted by Neil Carlson on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 09:33 AM
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Social Sciences Lunch Seminar Series for Fall 2011

The Social Sciences Lunch Seminar Series kicks off Friday September 23 with a talk by Martin Hughes, Assistant Professor of Sociology and movie buff. Dr. Hughes will discuss "Children Are Our Future: Changing Visions of Youth in Movies about the Future, 1950-2009."

All of the 2011-12 seminars take place at Calvin College, in the Alumni Association Board Room, 12:30 p.m. with lunch tickets free and available starting at 12:15 p.m.

Please join us for this and future Seminar Series Lunches.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Research, the Dean for Social Sciences and Contextual Studies, and the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Christian Perspectives on Political, Social and Economic Thought.

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 02:52 PM
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Report on 2009 Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Survey

 

Since 2004, CSR has been supporting the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) in its Sustaining Pastoral Excellence project, which has been funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Three waves of surveys have been conducted on an approximately biennial bases, in 2004/2005 (which we're now labeling "2005" for simplicity's sake), 2007 and 2009.

A full report is now available comparing all three survey waves and including statistical models of pastors' self-reported pastoral health (vocational satisfaction and sustainability), leadership skills, and congregational fulfillment of the CRC's mission statement. The report finds statistical stability across all three waves--excellence is indeed being sustained. But we also identify many areas of concern with room for improvement, especially council support through systematic feedback on preaching. The statistical models suggest that programmatic interventions per se have mixed effects, but targeting leadership skill development could stimulate improvements in pastoral health.

The following resources are available from CSR; also see the SPE project's survey page.

  1. Full report (11.2MB; 78-page color PDF, with extensive bookmarks and hypertext cross-referencing)
  2. Printable PDF questionnaires for pastors and clerks of council.
  3. Online web-based questionnaires for pastors and clerks of council (shown in preview mode; data is not collected).
  4. Charts and frequencies of multiple choice items for pastors (56-page PDF) and clerks of council (26-page PDF).
Comments and critiques are welcome! Click "read more" below to see a sample finding from the 2009 survey.

UPDATE 12/20: The CRC Newsroom has a story about the survey.

UPDATE 1/15: The Grand Rapids Press has written a story about the survey.

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Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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April 8 CSR Presentation: Data visualization with KCCS

Using data from the Kent County Congregations Study, CSR staff will showcase emerging tools and methods for visual data analysis.

Please join us:

  Thursday April 8, 2010
3:30 p.m., Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Calvin College

See the entire poster!

UPDATE: See the presentation (PowerPoint 2007)!

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 12:49 PM
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Subdivided by Faith? Mulder and Smith publish historical review

Congratulations to Drs. Mark Mulder of Sociology and James K.A. Smith of Philosophy, whose recently published article, "Subdivided by Faith? An Historical Account of Evangelicals and the City" (PDF) in Christian Scholar's Review, considers the role of culture, and religion in particular, as factors that influence the discussions of anti-urban bias in American society.

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Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 04:31 PM
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