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The faith receptivity in this congregation is extremely high but it is extremely low in the community, thus there is High Divergence. Notice the small arrows on the divergence indicator on the right, which shows you how great the divergence.
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PART 4: Program Ratings provides a summary of the information gathered in the congregational survey and answers the question, “How do we feel about our congregation’s programs and ministries?”
PART 5: Program Preferences compares what we are offering as a congregation to what the community is seeking, answering the question “What do people want from a church?”
PART 6: Life’s Satisfactions summarize the data gathered in the congregational survey and answers the question, “In what areas of our lives do members of this congregation feel satisfied or discontented?”
PART 7: Health and Wholeness is a final comparison of the congregation and community and answers the question, “How do the things which concern our membership or the community compare to the ideal ?”
Do I need any additional materials in order to understand the Context Report?
Yes, you will need to download at least one copy of the SourceBook mentioned above. The SourceBook contains descriptors of the U.S. Lifestyle Groups, which is used in describing who lives in your community. It is not necessary for each member of your planning committee or church board to have a full copy of the SourceBook. You may copy the pages relevant to the lifestyle groups referred to in your report for wider distribution.
What are U.S. Lifestyle Groups?
The U.S. Lifestyles system is a geographically based demographic system that classifies every household in the United States into one of 50 different descriptors. Each segment consists of households that tend to be at similar points in their life cycle and share common interests, needs for services and financial behavior. Each lifestyle is given a name, such as “Mature and Affluent”, which reflects some of the data about that segment of society. The descriptive paragraphs of each U.S. Lifestyle segment can be found in the SourceBook, and online at in the Support section.