Congregational QuickStats > U.S. Congregations > Conflict

Within the last two years, has your congregation experienced a conflict that led to the departure of a clergyperson or other religious leader? (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.


Leader Left Congregation? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Leader Left Congregation? (Demographic Patterns)


Leader Left Congregation? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes7.8%
28
4.7%
18
12.7%
72
14.9%
14
39.4%
132
No92.2%
330
95.3%
369
87.3%
494
85.1%
80
8490.6%
1273
MISSING0265013
TOTAL100.0%
358
100.0%
387
100.0%
566
100.0%
94
871405

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Leader Left Congregation? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes16.4%
33
4.3%
16
11.0%
41
7.7%
22
8.8%
23
09.1%
135
No83.6%
168
95.7%
355
89.0%
333
92.3%
263
91.2%
237
190.9%
1356
MISSING04051010
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
371
100.0%
374
100.0%
285
100.0%
260
11491

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Leader Left Congregation? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes6.6%
54
12.1%
59
10.0%
11
108.8%
124
No93.4%
766
87.9%
428
90.0%
99
6491.2%
1293
MISSING21104
TOTAL100.0%
820
100.0%
487
100.0%
110
741417

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Leader Left Congregation? 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
Yes5.6%
11
10.0%
38
9.3%
66
9.9%
20
9.0%
135
No94.4%
187
90.0%
343
90.7%
644
90.1%
183
91.0%
1357
MISSING056314
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
381
100.0%
710
100.0%
203
1492

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Leader Left Congregation? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes3.8%
3
9.5%
69
6.8%
24
11.0%
31
15.7%
8
9.0%
135
No96.2%
76
90.5%
657
93.2%
329
89.0%
252
84.3%
43
91.0%
1357
MISSING01212015
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
726
100.0%
353
100.0%
283
100.0%
51
1492

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Leader Left Congregation? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes9.1%
83
9.7%
41
6.6%
8
39.1%
132
No90.9%
827
90.3%
383
93.4%
113
3490.9%
1323
MISSING31004
TOTAL100.0%
910
100.0%
424
100.0%
121
371455

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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.