RLDP Methodology

What is the methodology of the RLDP?

Multiracial church pastors, denomination and religious association leaders, and congregants of multiracial churches participated in this study. They represent a diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds and are associated with a variety of Christian denominations and affiliations within conservative Protestantism, Mainline Protestantism, and Catholicism.

The RLDP has a multi-method research design.

  • Interviews with Pastors
    We conducted 121 interviews with pastors from across the nation to address how they uniquely handle their positions as leaders of multiracial churches. Interviews will address the backgrounds, resources, experiences, beliefs, values, and leadership strategies of multiracial church pastors.

  • Interviews with Denomination/Religious Association Leaders
    We conducted 9 interviews with leaders of denominations and religious associations. These leaders, particularly those who work in multicultural ministry, are really important for pastors of multiracial churches. They often provide pastors in their organizations with necessary support, direction, and resources.

  • Focus Group Interviews with Congregants
    Leaders depend upon their followers. We can best understand the leadership of multiracial churches by examining the views and experiences of the people they lead. Therefore, we conducted 36 focus groups with 230 active congregants of select churches that participated in the study.

  • Surveys
    We collected congregational level survey data about the resources and demographics of 100 congregations in our sample. Then we surveyed 684 congregants who attend the a subsample of 27 churches from the sample to understand their religious and social views and experiences.