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How long did this service last? (TIME IN MINUTES) (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.


Length of Service (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Length of Service (Demographic Patterns)


Length of Service by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Less than an Hour9.2%
33
3.4%
13
6.3%
36
3.1%
3
06.0%
85
An Hour38.4%
138
21.6%
84
19.5%
111
4.1%
4
1623.8%
337
61 - 90 Minutes33.1%
119
40.7%
158
40.8%
232
49.0%
48
4839.4%
557
91 Minutes to 2 Hours13.6%
49
21.4%
83
13.2%
75
26.5%
26
1816.5%
233
More than 2 Hours5.6%
20
12.9%
50
20.1%
114
17.3%
17
514.2%
201
MISSING014005
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
388
100.0%
568
100.0%
98
871413

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Length of Service by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Less than an Hour14.0%
28
3.8%
14
4.5%
17
4.1%
12
5.4%
14
05.7%
85
An Hour17.5%
35
22.6%
84
23.7%
89
22.8%
66
30.0%
78
023.5%
352
61 - 90 Minutes39.0%
78
31.8%
118
36.3%
136
52.4%
152
46.5%
121
040.4%
605
91 Minutes to 2 Hours18.5%
37
24.0%
89
17.9%
67
12.4%
36
8.8%
23
016.8%
252
More than 2 Hours11.0%
22
17.8%
66
17.6%
66
8.3%
24
9.2%
24
313.5%
202
MISSING0401005
TOTAL100.0%
200
100.0%
371
100.0%
375
100.0%
290
100.0%
260
31496

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Length of Service by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than an Hour3.1%
25
10.0%
49
2.7%
3
95.4%
77
An Hour23.3%
190
20.7%
101
44.1%
49
1224.0%
340
61 - 90 Minutes44.3%
362
37.2%
182
35.1%
39
2241.1%
583
91 Minutes to 2 Hours16.0%
131
18.0%
88
13.5%
15
1916.5%
234
More than 2 Hours13.3%
109
14.1%
69
4.5%
5
2212.9%
183
MISSING41005
TOTAL100.0%
817
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841417

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Length of 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
Less than an Hour12.6%
25
10.5%
40
2.2%
16
1.9%
4
5.7%
85
An Hour36.9%
73
19.9%
76
20.1%
144
28.6%
59
23.4%
352
61 - 90 Minutes30.8%
61
39.8%
152
39.8%
285
51.9%
107
40.3%
605
91 Minutes to 2 Hours3.0%
6
14.1%
54
24.3%
174
9.2%
19
16.8%
253
More than 2 Hours16.7%
33
15.7%
60
13.5%
97
8.3%
17
13.8%
207
MISSING04116
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
382
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1502

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Length of Service by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than an Hour30.0%
24
6.4%
47
0.0%
0
4.2%
12
3.9%
2
5.7%
85
An Hour42.5%
34
20.7%
152
2.0%
7
50.0%
142
35.3%
18
23.5%
353
61 - 90 Minutes25.0%
20
47.1%
345
29.4%
104
44.0%
125
21.6%
11
40.3%
605
91 Minutes to 2 Hours1.3%
1
14.7%
108
38.7%
137
1.8%
5
3.9%
2
16.8%
253
More than 2 Hours1.3%
1
11.1%
81
29.9%
106
0.0%
0
35.3%
18
13.7%
206
MISSING050106
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
733
100.0%
354
100.0%
284
100.0%
51
1502

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Length of Service by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than an Hour4.3%
39
9.2%
39
2.5%
3
45.6%
81
An Hour21.8%
198
24.0%
102
39.5%
47
523.9%
347
61 - 90 Minutes44.8%
407
31.8%
135
44.5%
53
941.0%
595
91 Minutes to 2 Hours17.5%
159
16.7%
71
7.6%
9
1316.5%
239
More than 2 Hours11.6%
105
18.4%
78
5.9%
7
1613.1%
190
MISSING40105
TOTAL100.0%
908
100.0%
425
100.0%
119
471452

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Length of Service by Year


19982006TOTAL
Less than an Hour8.2%
101
5.7%
85
6.8%
186
An Hour31.4%
386
23.5%
352
27.0%
738
61 - 90 Minutes31.7%
390
40.3%
604
36.4%
994
91 Minutes to 2 Hours16.5%
203
16.8%
252
16.7%
455
More than 2 Hours12.3%
151
13.7%
206
13.1%
357
MISSING369
TOTAL100.0%
1231
100.0%
1499
2730

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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.