Congregational QuickStats > Social Service?

Has your congregation participated in or supported social service, community development, or neighborhood organizing projects of any sort within the past 12 months? Please don't include projects that use or rent space in your building but have no other connection to your congregation. (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Social Service? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Social Service? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Social Service? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
53.2%
374
63.7%
275
78.1%
114

40
59.6%
763
No
46.8%
329
36.3%
157
21.9%
32

8
40.4%
518
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
432
100.0%
146

48

1281


 


Social Service? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
63.4%
102
56.1%
171
60.0%
405
66.5%
125
60.4%
803
No
36.6%
59
43.9%
134
40.0%
270
33.5%
63
39.6%
526
Missing
0
0
1
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
305
100.0%
675
100.0%
188

1329


 


Social Service? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
64.9%
48
50.5%
310
59.4%
168
80.4%
217
68.5%
61
60.5%
804
No
35.1%
26
49.5%
304
40.6%
115
19.6%
53
31.5%
28
39.5%
526
Missing
0
0
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
614
100.0%
283
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1330


 


Social Service? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
47.5%
270
64.7%
207
71.3%
194
77.2%
105
84.4%
27
60.5%
803
No
52.5%
298
35.3%
113
28.7%
78
22.8%
31
15.6%
5
39.5%
525
Missing
0
0
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
320
100.0%
272
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1328


 


Social Service? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
56.0%
460
65.3%
213
69.6%
110

20
60.0%
783
No
44.0%
361
34.7%
113
30.4%
48

4
40.0%
522
Missing
0
0
1
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
821
100.0%
326
100.0%
158

24

1305


 


Social Service? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
58.4%
720
45.4%
679
60.4%
803
54.3%
2202
No
41.6%
513
54.6%
817
39.6%
526
45.7%
1856
Missing
1
10
2
13
TOTAL
100.0%
1233
100.0%
1496
100.0%
1329

4058



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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