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How long did this service last? (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.


Length of Service (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Length of Service (Demographic Patterns)

 

Length of Service by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
5.8%
41
6.7%
29
12.8%
19

0
6.9%
89
60 minutes
33.9%
239
22.5%
97
20.3%
30

26
28.5%
366
61-90 minutes
39.8%
280
32.7%
141
37.2%
55

7
37.1%
476
91-120 minutes
10.2%
72
23.4%
101
21.6%
32

8
16.0%
205
More than 120 minutes
10.2%
72
14.6%
63
8.1%
12

9
11.5%
147
TOTAL
100.0%
704
100.0%
431
100.0%
148

50

1283


 


Length of Service by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
7.5%
12
11.1%
34
4.0%
27
8.0%
15
6.6%
88
60 minutes
31.9%
51
32.7%
100
26.6%
180
32.4%
61
29.5%
392
61-90 minutes
34.4%
55
36.9%
113
37.5%
254
32.4%
61
36.3%
483
91-120 minutes
14.4%
23
12.7%
39
17.9%
121
15.4%
29
15.9%
212
More than 120 minutes
11.9%
19
6.5%
20
14.0%
95
11.7%
22
11.7%
156
TOTAL
100.0%
160
100.0%
306
100.0%
677
100.0%
188

1331


 


Length of Service by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
16.4%
12
2.6%
16
0.4%
1
11.9%
32
31.5%
28
6.7%
89
60 minutes
56.2%
41
30.5%
188
1.8%
5
48.9%
132
28.1%
25
29.4%
391
61-90 minutes
27.4%
20
42.4%
261
30.3%
86
34.8%
94
24.7%
22
36.3%
483
91-120 minutes
0.0%
0
9.9%
61
48.2%
137
4.4%
12
3.4%
3
16.0%
213
More than 120 minutes
0.0%
0
14.6%
90
19.4%
55
0.0%
0
12.4%
11
11.7%
156
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
616
100.0%
284
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1332


 


Length of Service by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
7.9%
45
6.6%
21
4.4%
12
5.9%
8
9.4%
3
6.7%
89
60 minutes
32.9%
187
29.1%
93
23.8%
65
27.2%
37
31.3%
10
29.5%
392
61-90 minutes
32.5%
185
33.1%
106
41.4%
113
46.3%
63
46.9%
15
36.2%
482
91-120 minutes
15.6%
89
18.1%
58
17.9%
49
11.0%
15
3.1%
1
15.9%
212
More than 120 minutes
11.1%
63
13.1%
42
12.5%
34
9.6%
13
9.4%
3
11.7%
155
TOTAL
100.0%
569
100.0%
320
100.0%
273
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1330


 


Length of Service by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
3.5%
29
12.5%
41
11.9%
19

0
6.8%
89
60 minutes
32.6%
268
21.4%
70
29.4%
47

7
29.4%
385
61-90 minutes
38.0%
312
29.1%
95
46.3%
74

2
36.8%
481
91-120 minutes
13.2%
108
23.9%
78
8.1%
13

14
15.2%
199
More than 120 minutes
12.7%
104
13.1%
43
4.4%
7

1
11.8%
154
TOTAL
100.0%
821
100.0%
327
100.0%
160

24

1308


 


Length of Service by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
8.0%
99
5.6%
84
6.6%
88
6.7%
271
60 minutes
32.5%
401
24.4%
366
29.5%
392
28.5%
1159
61-90 minutes
31.3%
385
39.6%
594
36.3%
483
36.0%
1462
91-120 minutes
15.4%
190
17.8%
267
15.9%
212
16.5%
669
More than 120 minutes
12.7%
157
12.7%
190
11.7%
156
12.4%
503
Missing
2
5
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
1232
100.0%
1501
100.0%
1331

4064



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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