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How many persons - counting both adults and children - would you say regularly participate in the religious life of your congregation - whether or not they are officially members of your congregation? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Size of Congregation (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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Size of Congregation (Demographic Patterns)

 

Size of Congregation by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
50 or less
34.4%
187
45.2%
210
41.7%
75

31
39.7%
472
51-100
33.7%
183
22.2%
103
28.9%
52

7
28.5%
338
101-250
20.4%
111
21.3%
99
13.9%
25

19
19.8%
235
251-1,000
9.0%
49
8.8%
41
14.4%
26

9
9.8%
116
More than 1,000
2.4%
13
2.6%
12
1.1%
2

5
2.3%
27
Missing
2
0
0
0
2
TOTAL
100.0%
543
100.0%
465
100.0%
180

71

1188


 


Size of Congregation by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
50 or less
48.8%
80
36.9%
111
38.0%
221
42.9%
91
40.0%
503
51-100
20.7%
34
29.6%
89
30.6%
178
20.8%
44
27.4%
345
101-250
14.6%
24
19.6%
59
21.6%
126
21.2%
45
20.2%
254
251-1,000
13.4%
22
11.6%
35
7.9%
46
10.4%
22
9.9%
125
More than 1,000
2.4%
4
2.3%
7
1.9%
11
4.7%
10
2.5%
32
Missing
0
0
2
0
2
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
301
100.0%
582
100.0%
212

1259


 


Size of Congregation by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
50 or less
20.5%
16
32.5%
175
50.4%
134
42.4%
112
58.0%
65
39.9%
502
51-100
5.1%
4
31.8%
171
28.6%
76
27.3%
72
19.6%
22
27.4%
345
101-250
11.5%
9
25.1%
135
17.7%
47
19.3%
51
10.7%
12
20.2%
254
251-1,000
39.7%
31
9.3%
50
3.0%
8
10.2%
27
7.1%
8
9.9%
124
More than 1,000
23.1%
18
1.3%
7
0.4%
1
0.8%
2
4.5%
5
2.6%
33
Missing
0
0
2
0
1
3
TOTAL
100.0%
78
100.0%
538
100.0%
266
100.0%
264
100.0%
112

1258


 


Size of Congregation by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
50 or less
36.6%
236
40.1%
162
43.4%
62

42
38.6%
460
51-100
28.5%
184
29.7%
120
25.2%
36

5
28.5%
340
101-250
22.5%
145
17.8%
72
15.4%
22

14
20.1%
239
251-1,000
9.6%
62
9.4%
38
14.7%
21

4
10.2%
121
More than 1,000
2.8%
18
3.0%
12
1.4%
2

1
2.7%
32
Missing
2
0
0
0
2
TOTAL
100.0%
645
100.0%
404
100.0%
143

66

1192


 


Size of Congregation by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
50 or less
37.9%
466
37.9%
569
42.7%
568
39.9%
502
39.6%
2105
51-100
24.4%
300
23.5%
353
24.1%
320
27.4%
345
24.8%
1318
101-250
22.5%
276
24.5%
367
20.6%
274
20.1%
253
22.0%
1170
251-1,000
12.8%
157
11.4%
171
10.2%
136
9.9%
125
11.1%
589
More than 1,000
2.4%
30
2.7%
41
2.4%
32
2.6%
33
2.6%
136
Missing
6
5
0
3
14
TOTAL
100.0%
1229
100.0%
1501
100.0%
1330
100.0%
1258

5318



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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