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The Elusive DreamThe Power of Race in Interracial Churches$

Korie L. Edwards

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314243.001.0001

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(p.177) Appendix D: Interview Guides

(p.177) Appendix D: Interview Guides

Source:
The Elusive Dream
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Current Crosstown Community Church Attendee

Background

  1. 1. What is your race?

  2. 2. What is your ethnicity?

  3. 3. What is the highest level of education you have achieved?

  4. 4. Do you work outside of the home? If yes, is your job full or part time? What do you do?

  5. 5. Did you ever serve in the military? In which branch did you serve? How long were you in the service?

Childhood

  1. 6. During high school, was the neighborhood where you lived racially diverse? Which racial groups (e.g., blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos) were represented? What was the approximate proportion of each group?

  2. 7. How about your high school, was it racially diverse? Which racial groups were represented? What was the approximate proportion of each group?

  3. 8. Who were your closest friends during high school? Please just give me initials or first names only.

  4. (p.178)
  5. 9. For each friend during high school, ask:

    1. a. Where did you meet ______ (e.g., church, neighborhood, school, etc.)?

    2. b. What was ______ gender?

    3. c. What was ______ race?

  6. 10. Did you grow up in a Christian home?

  7. 11. If so, how would you describe (childhood church)?

    1. a. What was the denomination of this church?

    2. b. What was the racial composition of this church?

    3. c. Approximately how many people attended this church?

  8. 12. How regularly did your family attend the Sunday services there?

  9. 13. How would you describe the Sunday services at this church?

    1. a. How would you describe the worship music?

    2. b. What were the sermons like?

    3. c. What did you enjoy about the Sunday services?

Previous Church

  1. 14. Were you attending a church before coming to Crosstown?

  2. 15. If so, how long were you going to (previous church)?

  3. 16. What first attracted you to (previous church)?

  4. 17. How would you describe (previous church)?

    1. a. What was the denomination of this church?

    2. b. What was the racial composition of this church?

    3. c. Approximately how many people attended this church?

  5. 18. How regularly did you attend the Sunday services there?

  6. 19. How would you describe the Sunday services?

    1. a. How would you describe the worship music at this church?

    2. b. What were the sermons like?

    3. c. What did you enjoy about the Sunday services?

Crosstown

  1. 20. How long have you been going to Crosstown?

  2. 21. What first attracted you to Crosstown?

  3. 22. How regularly would you say you attend the Sunday services?

  4. 23. Besides the Sunday services, what ministries or groups are you involved in?

  5. (p.179)
  6. 24. Do you have children? Do your children participate in youth group or the Sunday children's service? How about other children's activities at Crosstown?

  7. 25. What do you enjoy about being at Crosstown?

  8. 26. Do you have any frustrations about Crosstown?

  9. 27. What do you think about the Sunday services? What do you enjoy about them? What would you like to see change?

  10. 28. What do you think about the way the (ministry(ies) they are involved in) are organized? What would you like to see changed?

  11. 29. Have you ever thought about leaving Crosstown? If so, what were the main factors in considering leaving? What made you decide to stay?

  12. 30. What do you think about the racial/ethnic diversity at Crosstown? What does this add to the church? Does it make anything more difficult, in your opinion?

  13. 31. Do you feel like you have a group of close friends at the church? Would you say that they are your closest friends, or do you have closer friends outside of church?

  14. 32. Who would you say are your top three closest friends that go to Crosstown, in order of closeness? Please just give me initials or first names only.

  15. 33. Who would you say are your top three closest friends that don't go to Crosstown, in order of closeness? Please just give me initials or first names only.

  16. 34. Would you say you are closer to (Crosstown friend #1) or (outside friend #1)? Would you say you are closer to (Crosstown friend #2) or (outside friend #2)? Would you say you are closer to (Crosstown friend #3) or (outside friend #3)?

  17. 35. What is the race or ethnicity of each of these six friends?

  18. 36. What is the highest level of education of each of these six friends?

  19. 37. Do any of these friends work outside the home? If so, what do each of them do?

Identity

  1. 38. How would you describe yourself (e.g., race, faith, job, marital status, etc.)? or When you think about who you are, what comes to mind?

  2. (p.180)
  3. 39. Please look through this stack of cards and pull out all that apply. If there is something that is not on the cards, there are blank cards you can fill out to add to the list.

  4. 40.  (After interviewee pulls out the cards): From top to bottom, order the cards in level of closeness to you or from the one you most identify with to the one you least identify with.

    1. a. What does it mean to you to be (black, white, etc.)?

Racial Attitudes

  1. 41. On average, blacks have worse jobs, income, and housing than white people. Why do you think this is? Do you think this should be solved? If so, how?

  2. 42. Does racism still exist in the United States? Why do you think it still/no longer exists?

  3. 43. What, if anything, should the church do about racial inequality?

Former Crosstown Community Church Attendee

Background

  1. 1. What is your race?

  2. 2. What is your ethnicity?

  3. 3. What is the highest level of education you have achieved?

  4. 4. Do you work outside of the home? If yes, is your job full or part time? What do you do?

  5. 5. Did you ever serve in the military? In which branch did you serve? How long were you in the service?

Crosstown Experience

  1. 1. When and how long did you attend Crosstown?

  2. 2. What first attracted you to Crosstown?

  3. 3. How regularly would you say you attended the Sunday services?

  4. 4. What do you think about the Sunday services at Crosstown? What did you enjoy about them? What would you have liked to see change?

  5. 5. Besides the Sunday services, were you involved in other ministries or groups?

  6. (p.181)
  7. 6. What do you think about the way the (other ministry(ies) mentioned) was organized? Was there anything that you would have liked to see changed?

  8. 7. Do you have children? Did your children participate in the youth group or the Sunday children's service? How about other children's activities at Crosstown?

  9. 8. Did you enjoy being at Crosstown? If so, what did you enjoy about being at Crosstown?

  10. 9. Did you have any frustrations with Crosstown? If so, what were they?

  11. 10. What were the main factors that led you to leave Crosstown?

  12. 11. What did you think about the racial/ethnic diversity at Crosstown? Do you think racial/ethnic diversity added anything to the church? Do you think it made anything more difficult, in your opinion?

  13. 12. Do you feel like you had a group of close friends at Crosstown? Would you say that they were your closest friends at the time, or did you have closer friends outside of church?

  14. 13. Who would you say your top three closest friends were at Crosstown, in order of closeness, when you attended the church? Please just give me first names or initials.

  15. 14. What is the race or ethnicity of each of these three friends?

  16. 15. What is the highest level of education of each of these friends?

  17. 16. Do any of these friends work outside the home? If so, what do each of them do?

  18. 17. Are you still friends with these people?

Current Church Experience

  1. 18. Do you currently attend a church?

  2. 19. If so, how long have you been going to (current church)?

  3. 20. What first attracted you to (current church)?

  4. 21. How would you describe (current church)?

    1. a. What is the denomination of this church?

    2. b. What is the racial composition of this church?

    3. c. Approximately how many people attend this church?

  5. 22. How regularly would you say you attend the Sunday services there?

  6. (p.182)
  7. 23. How would you describe the Sunday services?

    1. a. How would you describe the worship music at this church?

    2. b. What are the sermons like?

    3. c. What do you enjoy about the Sunday services?

    4. d. Is there anything you would like to see changed?

  8. 24. Besides the Sunday services, are you involved in other ministries or groups?

  9. 25. What do you think about the way the (small groups or ministries they are involved in) are organized? What, if anything, would you like to see changed?

  10. 26. Do you feel like you have a group of close friends at this church? Would you say that they are your closest friends, or do you have closer friends outside of church?

  11. 27. Who would you say are your top three closest friends that go to (current church), in order of closeness? Please just give me initials or first names only.

  12. 28. Who would you say are your top three closest friends that don't go to (current church), in order of closeness? Please just give me initials or first names only.

  13. 29. Would you say you are closer to (current church friend #1) or (outside friend #1)? Would you say you are closer to (current church friend #2) or (outside friend #2)? Would you say you are closer to (current church friend #3) or (outside friend #3)?

  14. 30. What is the race or ethnicity of each of these six friends?

  15. 31. What is the highest level of education of each of these six friends?

  16. 32. Do any of these friends work outside the home? If so, what do each of them do?

  17. 33. What do you enjoy about being at (current church)?

  18. 34. Do you have any frustrations about (current church)?

  19. 35. Have you ever thought about leaving (current church)? If so, what were the main factors in considering leaving? What made you decide to stay?

Identity

  1. 36. How would you describe yourself (e.g., race, faith, job, marital status, etc.)? or When you think about who you are, what comes to mind?

  2. (p.183)
  3. 37. Please look through this stack of cards and pull out all that apply. If there is something that is not on the cards, there are blank cards you can fill out to add to the list.

  4. 38.  (After interviewee pulls out the cards): From top to bottom, order the cards in level of closeness to you or from the one you most identify with to the one you least identify with.

    1. a. What does it mean to you to be (black, white, etc.)?

Racial Attitudes

  1. 44. On average, blacks have worse jobs, income, and housing than white people. Why do you think this is? Do you think this should be solved? If so, how?

  2. 45. Does racism still exist in the United States? Why do you think it still/no longer exists?

  3. 46. What, if anything, should the church do about racial inequality?

Current Pastor

  1. 1. How long have you been pastor at Crosstown?

  2. 2. Have you been a pastor at other churches? (If yes, go to the next questions. Otherwise, skip to question 7.)

  3. 3. How many other churches have you pastored?

  4. 4. At the last church you pastored before this one, how long were you the pastor?

  5. 5. What was your pastoral rank (i.e., senior pastor, assistant pastor, youth pastor, etc.)?

  6. 6. How would you describe the last church you pastored?

    1. a. What was the denomination of this church?

    2. b. How would you describe the worship music at this church?

    3. c. What was the racial composition of this church?

    4. d. What was the mission statement or central ministry focus of this church? (If there was a third church, repeat questions 6a–6d.)

  7. 7. Do you have formal religious educational training (i.e., seminary, Bible college, etc.)? If yes, what kind of training have you had?

  8. 8. Did you attend church growing up?

  9. (p.184)
  10. 9. If so, how would you describe this church?

    1. a. What was the denomination of this church?

    2. b. How would you describe the worship music at this church?

    3. c. What was the racial composition of the church?

    4. d. What were the sermons like?

  11. 10. You mentioned earlier that you have been at Crosstown for (length of time). What were the deciding factors that led you to come to pastor Crosstown?

  12. 11. What was Crosstown like when you first came?

    1. a. What was the racial composition at that time?

    2. b. In what ways was the worship style at the time similar or different from what it is now?

    3. c. What about the leadership structure, was it similar to how it is now (i.e., was there an elder and deacon board)?

    4. d. I realize you are the first black pastor of the church. Did you feel welcomed and supported by the congregation?

  13. 12. Does the church have any programs or strategies that are for the specific purpose of fostering or creating racial diversity? If so, what are they?

  14. 13. Do you think there are specific challenges that come with Crosstown being an interracial church? If so, can you give me some examples of what those challenges are?

  15. 14. Are there rewards to Crosstown being an interracial church? If so, can you give me some examples of these rewards?

  16. 15. Do you think it is important for churches, in general, to be interracial? Explain further.

  17. 16. Are there rewards that you feel you gain as a pastor of an interracial church?

  18. 17. Are there challenges that you have encountered as a pastor of an interracial church? If so, what are some of those challenges? Have you been able to overcome these challenges? If so, how did you or the church do this?

  19. 18. Are you involved in any pastors' groups? Can you tell me about them?

    1. a. What is the purpose(s) of this group(s)?

    2. b. Where do you meet and how often?

    3. c. What churches are represented by the pastors who attend this group(s)?

    4. d. What is the racial composition of the group?

  20. (p.185)
  21. 19. Over the past year, has the church participated in any activities with other churches? Can you tell me about the events and the churches that partnered with the church?

Former Pastor

  1. 1. How long were you a pastor at Crosstown? When did you become a pastor at Crosstown?

  2. 2. Have you been a pastor at other churches? (If yes, go to the next questions. Otherwise, skip to question 7.)

  3. 3. How many other churches have you pastored?

  4. 4. At the last church you pastored, before coming to Crosstown, how long were you the pastor?

  5. 5. What was your pastoral rank (i.e., senior pastor, assistant pastor, youth pastor, etc.)?

  6. 6. How would you describe this church?

    1. a. What was the denomination of this church?

    2. b. How would you describe the worship music at this church?

    3. c. What was the racial composition of this church?

    4. d. What was the mission statement or central ministry focus of this last church you pastored? (If there was a third church, repeat questions 6a–6d.)

  7. 7. Do you have formal religious educational training (i.e., seminary, Bible college, etc.)? If yes, what kind of training have you had?

  8. 8. Did you attend church growing up?

  9. 9. If so, how would you describe this church?

    1. a. What was the denomination of this church?

    2. b. How would you describe the worship music at this church?

    3. c. What was the racial composition of the church?

    4. d. What were the sermons like?

  10. 10. You mentioned earlier that you were at Crosstown for (length of time). What were the deciding factors that led you to come to pastor Crosstown?

  11. 11. What was Crosstown like when you first came?

    1. a. What was the racial composition at that time?

    2. b. In what ways was the worship style at this time similar or different from when you left?

    3. (p.186)
    4. c. What about the way the church leadership was organized, did it change during your tenure at the church (i.e., was there an elder and deacon board)?

    5. d. (If at the church during Pastor Raymond Barnes' appointment ask): Pastor Raymond Barnes is the first black pastor of Crosstown. Did you feel he was welcomed and supported by the congregation? Were there any conflicts or concerns about his appointment?

  12. 12. Did the church have any programs or strategies that were for the specific purpose of fostering or creating racial diversity? If so, what were they?

  13. 13. Do you think there were specific challenges that came with Crosstown being an interracial church? If so, can you give me some examples of what those challenges were?

  14. 14. Were there rewards to Crosstown being an interracial church? If so, can you give me some examples of what those rewards were?

  15. 15. Do you think it is important for churches in general to be interracial? Explain further.

  16. 16. Were there rewards that you feel you specifically gained as a pastor of an interracial church?

  17. 17. Were there challenges that you specifically encountered as a pastor of an interracial church? If so, what were some of those challenges? Were you able to overcome those challenges? If so, how did you or the church do this?

Long‐Time Crosstown Attendee

  1. 1. How long have you been attending Crosstown?

  2. 2. What was the church like when you first came?

    1. a. How many people attended the Sunday services?

    2. b. What were some of the other programs or activities that went on at the church?

    3. c. Were most of the people from the local community or were people from throughout the metropolitan area?

    4. d. Who was the pastor at the time? What was he like?

    5. e. What was the racial/ethnic makeup of the church at the time?

  3. (p.187)
  4. 3. How has the church changed since you've been here?

  5. 4. What do you think new members of Crosstown should know about the history of the church?

  6. 5. What are the most important or significant events in Crosstown's history?

  7. 6. When did African Americans begin attending the church?

  8. 7. Was there any concern among the members with African Americans coming to the church?

  9. 8. Pastor Barnes is the first African‐American pastor of this church. Were there any members who did not approve of Pastor Barnes' appointment as senior pastor? If so, what were some of the reasons?

(p.188)