• June 20-21, 2019

    The RLDP will hold a two-day research conference for head clergy and community leaders.

  • November 2018

    The RLDP team analyzed and developed papers from our Phase I data. Several articles from the data will be published soon in a special issue of the Sociology of ReligionA Quarterly Review.

  • October 2018

    The RLDP Team presents early findings at the Society for the Social Scientific Study of Religion in Las Vegas, NV

  • December 2016

    All head clergy data collected, deidentified, and ready for analyis. 36 Focus groups completed for Phase II.   

  • June 2016

    Phase II Data collection is 75% complete. 

  • April 2016

    Phase I head clergy interview data has been transcribed, de-identified and is being prepared for analysis. 

  • December 2015

     RLDP team members travel south to conduct focus groups with members of multiracial churches. 

  • August 2015

    All Phase I pastoral interviews have been completed. The RLDP team met in the hills of Ohio to develop inital codes. Summertime ends by finalizing the data analysis codebook. 

  • March 2015

    Phase II Begins. RLDP conducts focus groups with attendees of multiracial churches in the midwest region. We gain a unique perspective by asking how attendees experience the pastor's leadership. 

  • November 2014

    Pilot study for congregant interviews and surveys begins.