Congregational QuickStats > Reading or Recitation?

Does your congregation follow a lectionary or some other schedule of scripture readings when it comes to what passages are read in worship services? (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.


Reading or Recitation? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Reading or Recitation? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Reading or Recitation? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
34.1%
236
47.3%
185
54.3%
63

14
40.3%
484
No
65.9%
457
52.7%
206
45.7%
53

21
59.7%
716
Missing
10
40
31
0
81
TOTAL
100.0%
693
100.0%
391
100.0%
116

35

1200


 


Reading or Recitation? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
53.5%
77
42.1%
123
36.8%
236
39.5%
62
40.4%
498
No
46.5%
67
57.9%
169
63.2%
405
60.5%
95
59.6%
736
Missing
17
13
35
32
97
TOTAL
100.0%
144
100.0%
292
100.0%
641
100.0%
157

1234


 


Reading or Recitation? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
90.5%
67
24.3%
148
32.5%
91
70.5%
189
80.0%
4
40.4%
499
No
9.5%
7
75.7%
460
67.5%
189
29.5%
79
20.0%
1
59.6%
736
Missing
0
6
4
2
84
96
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
608
100.0%
280
100.0%
268
100.0%
5

1235


 


Reading or Recitation? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
36.0%
186
38.4%
114
43.3%
113
49.2%
64
72.4%
21
40.4%
498
No
64.0%
331
61.6%
183
56.7%
148
50.8%
66
27.6%
8
59.6%
736
Missing
51
24
12
7
3
97
TOTAL
100.0%
517
100.0%
297
100.0%
261
100.0%
130
100.0%
29

1234


 


Reading or Recitation? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
31.9%
252
50.5%
154
65.0%
76

16
39.8%
482
No
68.1%
537
49.5%
151
35.0%
41

9
60.2%
729
Missing
32
21
43
0
96
TOTAL
100.0%
789
100.0%
305
100.0%
117

25

1211


 


Reading or Recitation? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
40.3%
498
40.3%
498
No
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
59.7%
737
59.7%
737
Missing
1234
1506
96
2836
TOTAL
100.0%
0
100.0%
0
100.0%
1235

1235



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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