Research on Church Issues is ICM's main emphasis. Since 1980, more than 80 major research projects have been completed. Topics have included a wide range such as: factors related to church growth in North America, ministerial morale, evaluation of materials and services offered by the General Conference, attitudes toward giving, religious commitment among Hispanic youth, attitudes of adolescents toward the church, an evaluation of ministerial training in the American Adventist church, the role of women in the church, more effective means of marketing the Adventist message to non Adventists, chemical usage in the church, the status of women employees in the denomination, attitudes toward women elders, assessments of church ministry activities, factors influencing converts to join the church, factors influencing members to leave the church, preferences of readers of the Adventist Review, political attitudes and behaviors among Adventists, survey of delegates to conference sessions, the Adventist family in North America, and stress among seminary students. Some studies have been published in scholarly journals such as Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Adolescence, Family Science Review, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, and Journal for Research in Christian Education, and many have been published in denominational, professional, or general readership journals or have been included as chapters in books. More than sixty papers have been presented at the annual meetings of professional associations.
The Research Process: A denominational organization desires certain information and contacts ICM to conduct research. We first dialog together to determine what research design will best meet the clients need. This involves first deciding on what information is needed and from what source it is to be collected. ICM will then suggest questions that would obtain the desired information. A research design would specify the population to be surveyed, the sample size, the best method of surveying (mail, phone, or internet), and the number of follow-up procedures. Together with the client we decide on the type of analyses and the nature of the research report. We will not proceed until the client is satisfied with each point.
As to cost, we charge by the numbers of hours invested. In addition, there are expenses for printing, postage, stationery and envelopes, and other miscellaneous supplies.