Congregational QuickStats > Number of Worship Services Per Week

In a typical week, how many worship services does your congregation hold? (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.


Number of Worship Services Per Week (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Number of Worship Services Per Week (Demographic Patterns)

 

Number of Worship Services Per Week by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
One
36.6%
257
40.6%
174
44.1%
64

10
38.8%
495
Two
30.1%
211
27.7%
119
20.0%
29

11
28.1%
359
Three
23.1%
162
15.9%
68
20.0%
29

12
20.3%
259
Four
4.8%
34
3.7%
16
0.7%
1

0
4.0%
51
Five or more
5.4%
38
12.1%
52
15.2%
22

17
8.8%
112
Missing
0
2
1
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
702
100.0%
429
100.0%
145

50

1276


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
One
39.2%
62
40.7%
124
37.6%
254
34.8%
65
38.1%
505
Two
29.1%
46
28.5%
87
28.7%
194
23.0%
43
27.9%
370
Three
19.6%
31
17.4%
53
23.6%
159
14.4%
27
20.4%
270
Four
1.9%
3
3.9%
12
4.7%
32
2.1%
4
3.8%
51
Five or more
10.1%
16
9.5%
29
5.3%
36
25.7%
48
9.7%
129
Missing
2
0
0
1
3
TOTAL
100.0%
158
100.0%
305
100.0%
675
100.0%
187

1325


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
One
9.6%
7
32.5%
199
33.5%
95
65.6%
177
32.2%
28
38.1%
506
Two
8.2%
6
34.1%
209
33.5%
95
20.7%
56
4.6%
4
27.9%
370
Three
2.7%
2
25.6%
157
29.6%
84
8.9%
24
3.4%
3
20.3%
270
Four
4.1%
3
6.0%
37
2.1%
6
1.9%
5
1.1%
1
3.9%
52
Five or more
75.3%
55
1.8%
11
1.4%
4
3.0%
8
58.6%
51
9.7%
129
Missing
0
0
0
0
3
3
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
613
100.0%
284
100.0%
270
100.0%
87

1327


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
One
48.0%
272
35.2%
113
38.7%
106
10.3%
14
3.3%
1
38.1%
506
Two
28.9%
164
23.7%
76
33.9%
93
27.9%
38
3.3%
1
28.0%
372
Three
14.8%
84
31.5%
101
17.2%
47
25.0%
34
13.3%
4
20.3%
270
Four
3.0%
17
1.9%
6
3.3%
9
11.8%
16
10.0%
3
3.8%
51
Five or more
5.3%
30
7.8%
25
6.9%
19
25.0%
34
70.0%
21
9.7%
129
Missing
1
0
0
0
2
3
TOTAL
100.0%
567
100.0%
321
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
30

1328


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
One
37.3%
306
36.7%
119
48.4%
77

4
38.5%
502
Two
31.2%
256
19.8%
64
21.4%
34

16
27.2%
354
Three
19.5%
160
26.9%
87
13.2%
21

2
20.6%
268
Four
5.0%
41
2.5%
8
1.3%
2

1
3.9%
51
Five or more
7.0%
57
14.2%
46
15.7%
25

2
9.8%
128
Missing
0
2
1
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
324
100.0%
159

25

1303


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
None
0.6%
8
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
9
One
26.6%
328
28.5%
426
38.0%
505
31.0%
1259
Two
25.8%
318
28.2%
421
27.9%
371
27.4%
1110
Three
30.7%
379
30.6%
457
20.3%
270
27.3%
1106
Four
5.8%
72
4.4%
66
3.9%
52
4.7%
190
Five or more
10.5%
129
8.3%
124
9.8%
130
9.4%
383
Missing
1
9
3
13
TOTAL
100.0%
1234
100.0%
1495
100.0%
1328

4057



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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