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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 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.


Help Sick and Needy Members? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Help Sick and Needy Members? (Demographic Patterns)


Help Sick and Needy Members? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes80.8%
290
71.1%
276
84.2%
481
79.8%
79
6979.5%
1126
No19.2%
69
28.9%
112
15.8%
90
20.2%
20
1920.5%
291
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
388
100.0%
571
100.0%
99
881417

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Help Sick and Needy Members? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes57.0%
114
74.7%
280
82.9%
310
86.6%
251
91.5%
238
279.6%
1193
No43.0%
86
25.3%
95
17.1%
64
13.4%
39
8.5%
22
320.4%
306
TOTAL100.0%
200
100.0%
375
100.0%
374
100.0%
290
100.0%
260
51499

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Help Sick and Needy Members? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes81.6%
671
79.8%
390
72.1%
80
5580.2%
1141
No18.4%
151
20.2%
99
27.9%
31
2919.8%
281
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841422

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Help Sick and Needy Members? 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
Yes79.7%
157
86.0%
333
76.1%
545
77.7%
160
79.3%
1195
No20.3%
40
14.0%
54
23.9%
171
22.3%
46
20.7%
311
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
387
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Help Sick and Needy Members? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes62.5%
50
83.2%
613
81.7%
290
75.4%
215
54.9%
28
79.3%
1196
No37.5%
30
16.8%
124
18.3%
65
24.6%
70
45.1%
23
20.7%
312
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
737
100.0%
355
100.0%
285
100.0%
51
1508

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Help Sick and Needy Members? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes80.1%
732
79.5%
337
79.3%
96
3179.8%
1165
No19.9%
182
20.5%
87
20.7%
25
1620.2%
294
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
424
100.0%
121
471459

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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.