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Presbyterian Panel Survey February 2011: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Summary

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Summary of highlights from the February 2011 Presbyterian Panel Survey about Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Presbyterians’ familiarity with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA); views on the importance and effectiveness of PDA’s work; involvement of members, elders, ministers, and congregations in disaster relief efforts; and contributions to support disaster relief.

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  1. According to the Presbyterian Panel survey results you were looking at, 31% of pastors report that their congregation sent a work team to help with PDA disaster recovery in the past 2 years. Many of those churches sent teams to New Orleans; but others probably sent work teams there prior to the 2 year period we asked about. And some might have sent teams separate from PDA. On another survey conducted at the beginning of 2008, 27% of congregations reported sending a work team to help with disaster recovery in 2006 or 2007. Again, that would include teams sent to New Orleans and to other disaster sites. But this question did not ask about PDA work only, so it would include congregations that might have helped out through other organizations. So I’d say about three in ten is probably a good estimate.

    by Deborah Bruce, Research Services

    July 13, 2011

  2. Any idea how many local PCUSA congregations are directly involved in sending mission teams to New Orleans now that it is 2011?

    by Donald

    July 13, 2011

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