Congregational QuickStats > Length of Sermon

How long did the sermon or speech last? (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.


Length of Sermon (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Length of Sermon (Demographic Patterns)

 

Length of Sermon by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
10 minutes or less
9.0%
63
6.5%
28
7.5%
11

17
8.0%
102
11-20 minutes
22.3%
157
36.1%
155
45.6%
67

8
29.6%
379
21-30 minutes
24.9%
175
18.9%
81
10.2%
15

5
21.2%
271
31-45 minutes
37.0%
260
29.6%
127
34.0%
50

8
34.2%
437
More than 45 minutes
6.8%
48
8.9%
38
2.7%
4

11
7.0%
90
Missing
0
3
0
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
429
100.0%
147

49

1279


 


Length of Sermon by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
10 minutes or less
25.6%
41
7.6%
23
2.5%
17
19.7%
37
8.9%
118
11-20 minutes
32.5%
52
42.1%
127
25.8%
174
17.6%
33
29.1%
386
21-30 minutes
6.9%
11
22.2%
67
24.3%
164
19.1%
36
21.0%
278
31-45 minutes
19.4%
31
24.2%
73
41.0%
277
33.5%
63
33.5%
444
More than 45 minutes
15.6%
25
4.0%
12
6.4%
43
10.1%
19
7.5%
99
Missing
1
2
1
0
4
TOTAL
100.0%
160
100.0%
302
100.0%
675
100.0%
188

1325


 


Length of Sermon by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
10 minutes or less
49.3%
36
6.2%
38
0.4%
1
6.7%
18
29.9%
26
9.0%
119
11-20 minutes
47.9%
35
11.1%
68
21.6%
61
77.2%
207
17.2%
15
29.1%
386
21-30 minutes
1.4%
1
26.5%
163
21.6%
61
11.2%
30
25.3%
22
20.9%
277
31-45 minutes
0.0%
0
43.1%
265
50.9%
144
4.5%
12
26.4%
23
33.5%
444
More than 45 minutes
1.4%
1
13.2%
81
5.7%
16
0.4%
1
1.1%
1
7.5%
100
Missing
0
0
1
2
1
4
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
615
100.0%
283
100.0%
268
100.0%
87

1326


 


Length of Sermon by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
10 minutes or less
8.8%
50
3.1%
10
10.0%
27
14.7%
20
35.5%
11
8.9%
118
11-20 minutes
29.8%
169
27.3%
87
28.3%
76
32.4%
44
32.3%
10
29.2%
386
21-30 minutes
16.2%
92
24.5%
78
27.1%
73
20.6%
28
16.1%
5
20.9%
276
31-45 minutes
34.9%
198
39.8%
127
29.0%
78
26.5%
36
12.9%
4
33.5%
443
More than 45 minutes
10.4%
59
5.3%
17
5.6%
15
5.9%
8
3.2%
1
7.6%
100
Missing
0
0
4
0
0
4
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
319
100.0%
269
100.0%
136
100.0%
31

1323


 


Length of Sermon by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
10 minutes or less
9.4%
77
8.3%
27
9.6%
15

1
9.1%
119
11-20 minutes
18.7%
153
44.6%
145
54.5%
85

2
29.4%
383
21-30 minutes
22.4%
184
21.5%
70
12.8%
20

2
21.1%
274
31-45 minutes
40.5%
332
20.0%
65
20.5%
32

15
33.0%
429
More than 45 minutes
9.0%
74
5.5%
18
2.6%
4

5
7.4%
96
Missing
0
1
4
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
325
100.0%
156

25

1301


 


Length of Sermon by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
10 minutes or less
10.7%
128
12.1%
182
9.0%
119
10.6%
429
11-20 minutes
31.8%
381
24.3%
366
29.1%
386
28.1%
1133
21-30 minutes
25.5%
306
26.4%
397
20.9%
277
24.3%
980
31-45 minutes
24.6%
295
28.9%
435
33.5%
444
29.1%
1174
More than 45 minutes
7.5%
90
8.3%
125
7.5%
100
7.8%
315
Missing
34
1
4
39
TOTAL
100.0%
1200
100.0%
1505
100.0%
1326

4031



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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