Congregational QuickStats > Is there a religious leader?

Is there one person who is the head or senior clergy person or religious leader in your congregation? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

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


Is there a religious leader? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Is there a religious leader? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Is there a religious leader? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
93.0%
653
95.1%
411
98.6%
145

45
94.4%
1209
No
7.0%
49
4.9%
21
1.4%
2

5
5.6%
72
TOTAL
100.0%
702
100.0%
432
100.0%
147

50

1281


 


Is there a religious leader? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
83.2%
134
97.4%
296
95.7%
648
93.1%
175
94.2%
1253
No
16.8%
27
2.6%
8
4.3%
29
6.9%
13
5.8%
77
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
304
100.0%
677
100.0%
188

1330


 


Is there a religious leader? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
95.9%
71
90.7%
557
98.2%
280
97.8%
264
92.1%
82
94.1%
1254
No
4.1%
3
9.3%
57
1.8%
5
2.2%
6
7.9%
7
5.9%
78
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
614
100.0%
285
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1332


 


Is there a religious leader? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
92.6%
527
96.3%
308
94.2%
258
96.3%
131
90.6%
29
94.1%
1253
No
7.4%
42
3.8%
12
5.8%
16
3.7%
5
9.4%
3
5.9%
78
TOTAL
100.0%
569
100.0%
320
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1331


 


Is there a religious leader? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
93.0%
763
95.1%
310
98.1%
156

23
94.2%
1229
No
7.0%
57
4.9%
16
1.9%
3

1
5.8%
76
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
326
100.0%
159

24

1305


 


Is there a religious leader? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
92.3%
1136
95.0%
1431
94.1%
1253
93.9%
3820
No
7.7%
95
5.0%
75
5.9%
78
6.1%
248
Missing
3
0
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
1231
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1331

4068



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. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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