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Evangelical vs. LiberalThe Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest$
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James K. Wellman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001

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 Method, Data, and Demographics

 Method, Data, and Demographics

(p.45) 6 Method, Data, and Demographics
Evangelical vs. Liberal

James K. Wellman Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the methodology of the study, developing a non‐random group of thirty-four churches, ten liberal and twenty-four evangelical, which are defined as vital. Vitality means the ability to sustain growth in numbers and finances, stability of leadership, and a coherent institutional vision. The data from the interviews is statistically presented. The data shows that liberal churches do not grow in part because they mirror the social and moral ethos of the region. Evangelicals do grow because they overlap the region in their entrepreneurial emphasis and are attractive to those in the region because they offer strong family programs, community to new immigrants, and a “non‐church” church relative to architecture, aesthetics, and social ethos.

Keywords:   methods, church samples, vitality, data, liberals, evangelicals, explanations for growth, aesthetics, regional culture

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