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  • Putting civic participation in context: Examining the effects of congregational structure and culture.
    Polson, Edward C. (2016)
    Review of Religious Research 58:1: 75-100.

    Analyzes 2011 U.S. Congregational Life Survey data. Attending large & strict congregations decreases civic engagement; attending ones where concern for the wider community is evident increases it. Ethnic diversity decreases service group membership but increases involvement in advocacy groups.

    Associated Search Terms: Social capital; Diversity; Civic engagement; Congregation; Congregation size
  • The cost of being lost in the crowd: How congregational size and social neworks shape attenders' involvement in community organizations.
    McClure, Jennifer M. (2015)
    Review of Religious Research 57:2: 269-286.

    Analyzes 2008-09 U.S. Congregational Life Survey data. Respondents who have close friends in their congregation are more likely to be involved in community service-, social justice-, or advocacy-groups. This likelihood increases with congregation size.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Congregation size; Activism; Social capital
  • Changing American congregations: Findings from the third wave of the National Congregations Study.
    Chaves, Mark, and Shawna L. Anderson (2014)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53:4:676-686.

    Describes the 3rd, 2012, wave of the National (U.S.A.) Congregational Study. Notes increased ethnic diversity, eater openness to homosexuals, more informality smaller sizes, & a higher proportion having no denominational affiliation.

    Associated Search Terms: Denomination (organizational entity); Congregation size; Parish; Data sets; Statistics; Diversity; Homosexuality; Methods; Congregation
  • Sources of social support: Examining congregational involvement, private devotional activities, and congregational context.
    McClure, Jennifer M. (2013)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:4: 698-712.

    Analyzes 2008-09 U.S. Congregational Life Survey data. Among attenders of religious congregations, congregational involvement & private devotional activities help predict social support, but congregation size & theology do not. The kinds of social support in the study were practical rather than socio-emotional.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation size; Social support; Congregation; Belief
  • A Place to Belong: Small Group Involvement in Religious Congregations.
    Dougherty, Kevin D., and Andrew L. Whitehead (2011)
    Sociology of Religion 72:1: 91-111.

    Analyzes 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey data; small groups promote a sense of belonging in large as well as small congregations.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Congregation; Congregation size; Group
  • De a poco mucho: las pequeñas iglesias Pentecostales y el crecimiento pentecostal. Conclusiones de un estudio de caso.
    Semán, Pablo (2010)
    Revista Cultura y Religión 4:1: 16-35.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation size; Pentecostal
  • Free Riding, Market Structure, and Church Member Donations in South Carolina.
    Hull, Brooks B., and Jody Lipford (2010)
    Review of Religious Research 52:2: 172-187.

    Analyzes 2001 data from South Carolina Baptist congregations; free riding goes up with size, an effect mitigated by higher levels of services offered; competition among Baptist congregations lowers donations, competition with non-Baptist ones raise them.

    Associated Search Terms: Southern Baptist; Parish; United States, South Carolina; Competition; Congregation; Contributions; Congregation size
  • Size, Conflict, and Opportunities for Interaction: Congregational Effects on Members' Anticipated support and negative interaction.
    Ellison, Christopher G., Neal M. Krause, Bryan C. Shepherd, and Mark A. Chaves (2009)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:1: 1-15.

    Based on 1998 General Social Survey & National Congregational study data; smaller congregations occasion more social support & conflict. Set times for socializing occasioned more social support.

    Associated Search Terms: Conflict; Social support; Parish; Congregation size
  • Allocating Local Church Funds to Benevolence: The Impact of Congregational Size.
    Stonebraker, Robert J. (2003)
    Review of Religious Research 45:1: 48-58.

    The decline in payments of congregations to denominational offices is explained by local membership declines & consequent loss of economies of scale. Analyzes 1990 & '96 data from a sample of ELCA congregations.

    Associated Search Terms: Contributions; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Congregation size
  • Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion.
    Stark, Rodney, and Roger Finke (2000)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Received the 2001 Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Section. Chinese translation published by the People's University Press of China, 2004. Translated by Fenggang Yang. Korean translation published by Bookorea Publishing Co., Forthcoming.

    Associated Search Terms: Sisters; Conversion; Rational choice theory; Market model; Secularization; Vocation; Social capital; Mormon; Catholic; Sect; Commitment; Congregation size; Competition
  • The Quiet Transformation: Changes in Size and Leadership of Southern Baptist Churches.
    Finke, Roger (1994)
    Review of Religious Research 36:1: 3-22.

    Documents the Southern Baptist Convention taking on the statistical attributes of a large denomination rather than a sect.

    Associated Search Terms: Sect; Congregation size; Southern Baptist; Typology
  • Determinants of Religious Giving in Urban Presbyterian Congregations.
    Zaleski, Peter A., Charles E. Zech, and Dean R. Hoge (1994)
    Review of Religious Research 36:2: 197-206.

    Analyzes 1985 data from Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. data.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation size; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Contributions
  • Relationship of Parish Characteristics to Sunday Giving among Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
    Rexhausen, Jeff, and Michael J. Cieslak (1994)
    Review of Religious Research 36:2: 218-229.

    Analyzes 1991 data on Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes; church attendance is important, as is parish size in rural settings.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; United States, Ohio, Cincinnati; Contributions; Congregation size; Urban/rural
  • Economic and Attitudinal Factors in Catholic and Protestant Religious Giving.
    Zaleski, Peter A., and Charles E. Zech (1994)
    Review of Religious Research 36:2: 158-167.

    Secondary analysis of 1987 survey data from American congregations; makes Protestant/Catholic analysis.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation size; Contributions; Protestant, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • Determinants of Contributions to Religious Organizations.
    Zaleski, Peter A., and Charles E. Zech (1992)
    American Journal of Economics and Sociology 51:4: 459-472.

    Secondary analysis of 1960-90 survey data; shows contributions decline with increases of congregation size.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation size; Contributions
  • The Psychosocial Climate of Religious Congregations.
    Pargament, Kenneth I., William H. Silverman, Steven Johnson, Ruben Echemendia, and Susan Snyder (1983)
    American Journal of Community Psychology 11:4: 351-381.

    Develops measures of 10 dimensions of congregational climate; analyzes questionnaire data from southeast Michigan & northwest Ohio. Shows differences in expressiveness, stability, social concern, sense of community, etc. by denomination, race, & size.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Congregation size
  • Organizational Change and Religious Commitment. Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventists in Cuba, 1938-1965.
    Aguirre, Benjamin E., and Jon P. Alston (1980)
    Pacific Sociological Review 23:2: 171-190.

    Examines fluctuating rates of members' activity & commitment in relation to changes in congregational sizes.

    Associated Search Terms: Cuba; Congregation size; Seventh-day Adventist, Cuba; Jehovah´s Witness, Cuba
  • Congregational Size and the Decline of Sectarian Commitment: The Case of Jehovah's Witnesses in South and North America.
    Alston, Jon P., and Benjamin E. Aguirre (1979)
    Sociological Analysis 40:1: 63-70.

    Commitment levels 1950-76 were highest in smaller congregations.

    Associated Search Terms: Paraguay; Congregation size; Jehovah´s Witness, U.S.A.; Jehovah´s Witness, Brazil; Commitment; United States; Brazil; Jehovah´s Witness, Paraguay
  • Size of Organizations and Member Participation in Church Congregations.
    Wilken, Paul H. (1971)
    Administrative Science Quarterly 16: 173-179.

    Analyzes 1967 data reported by American Lutheran Church congregations in South Dakota; shows generally inverse relationships between congregation size & indices of participation.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation size; United States, South Dakota; Practice; Contributions; American Lutheran Church
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