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Has your congregation participated in or supported social service, community development, or neighborhood organizing projects of any sort within the past twelve 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 2006-2007)

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 (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]

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Demographic Patterns


Social Service (Demographic Patterns)


Social Service by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes48.0%
172
46.9%
180
44.0%
251
41.5%
39
3645.7%
642
No52.0%
186
53.1%
204
56.0%
319
58.5%
55
5254.3%
764
MISSING0514010
TOTAL100.0%
358
100.0%
384
100.0%
570
100.0%
94
881406

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Social Service by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes15.4%
31
31.5%
117
52.2%
193
56.4%
163
66.8%
173
245.4%
677
No84.6%
170
68.5%
254
47.8%
177
43.6%
126
33.2%
86
354.6%
813
MISSING04402010
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
371
100.0%
370
100.0%
289
100.0%
259
51490

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Social Service by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes43.2%
353
45.3%
221
67.6%
75
3145.8%
649
No56.8%
465
54.7%
267
32.4%
36
4954.2%
768
MISSING41005
TOTAL100.0%
818
100.0%
488
100.0%
111
801417

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Social Service by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Yes53.0%
105
44.0%
168
39.9%
284
60.0%
123
45.4%
680
No47.0%
93
56.0%
214
60.1%
428
40.0%
82
54.6%
817
MISSING055111
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
382
100.0%
712
100.0%
205
1497

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Social Service by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes63.3%
50
41.1%
301
33.4%
117
63.7%
181
60.0%
30
45.4%
679
No36.7%
29
58.9%
431
66.6%
233
36.3%
103
40.0%
20
54.6%
816
MISSING1441010
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
732
100.0%
350
100.0%
284
100.0%
50
1495

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Social Service by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes41.8%
382
48.6%
204
69.2%
83
1046.0%
669
No58.2%
531
51.4%
216
30.8%
37
3254.0%
784
MISSING14005
TOTAL100.0%
913
100.0%
420
100.0%
120
421453

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Social Service by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes56.7%
700
45.4%
680
50.5%
1380
No43.3%
534
54.6%
817
49.5%
1351
MISSING11011
TOTAL100.0%
1234
100.0%
1497
2731

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.