Congregational QuickStats > Help Sick and Needy Members?

Does your congregation have any organized effort, designated person, or committee whose purpose is to coordinate or provide help to members, for example by cooking meals for a new mother or someone just home from the hospital, or providing financial assistance to someone who needs it? (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.


Help Sick and Needy Members? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Help Sick and Needy Members? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Help Sick and Needy Members? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
77.8%
547
87.2%
376
68.7%
101

41
79.9%
1024
No
22.2%
156
12.8%
55
31.3%
46

9
20.1%
257
Missing
0
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
431
100.0%
147

50

1281


 


Help Sick and Needy Members? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
73.1%
117
76.6%
233
82.7%
559
81.9%
154
80.0%
1063
No
26.9%
43
23.4%
71
17.3%
117
18.1%
34
20.0%
265
Missing
1
0
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
160
100.0%
304
100.0%
676
100.0%
188

1328


 


Help Sick and Needy Members? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
59.5%
44
82.1%
505
80.6%
229
80.7%
218
78.4%
69
80.0%
1065
No
40.5%
30
17.9%
110
19.4%
55
19.3%
52
21.6%
19
20.0%
266
Missing
0
0
0
0
1
1
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
615
100.0%
284
100.0%
270
100.0%
88

1331


 


Help Sick and Needy Members? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
71.8%
408
83.5%
268
87.6%
240
89.6%
121
84.4%
27
80.0%
1064
No
28.2%
160
16.5%
53
12.4%
34
10.4%
14
15.6%
5
20.0%
266
Missing
0
0
0
1
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
321
100.0%
274
100.0%
135
100.0%
32

1330


 


Help Sick and Needy Members? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
82.2%
674
80.1%
261
71.3%
114

15
80.3%
1049
No
17.8%
146
19.9%
65
28.8%
46

9
19.7%
257
Missing
1
0
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
326
100.0%
160

24

1306


 


Help Sick and Needy Members? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
0.0%
0
80.7%
1216
80.0%
1064
80.4%
2280
No
0.0%
0
19.3%
290
20.0%
266
19.6%
556
Missing
1234
0
1
1235
TOTAL
100.0%
0
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1330

2836



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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