Congregational QuickStats > Theology

Theologically speaking, would your congregation be considered more on the conservative side, more on the liberal side, or right in the middle? (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.


Theology (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Theology (Demographic Patterns)

 

Theology by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side
86.2%
604
37.4%
158
16.3%
24

35
61.9%
786
Right in the middle
13.1%
92
47.2%
199
23.1%
34

1
25.6%
325
More on the liberal side
0.7%
5
15.4%
65
60.5%
89

1
12.5%
159
Missing
2
10
0
0
12
TOTAL
100.0%
701
100.0%
422
100.0%
147

37

1270


 


Theology by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
More on the conservative side
48.4%
78
63.2%
191
66.8%
439
60.1%
113
62.8%
821
Right in the middle
31.7%
51
23.8%
72
24.7%
162
22.3%
42
25.0%
327
More on the liberal side
19.9%
32
12.9%
39
8.5%
56
17.6%
33
12.2%
160
Missing
0
2
20
1
23
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
302
100.0%
657
100.0%
188

1308


 


Theology by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
More on the conservative side
55.6%
40
88.1%
532
46.7%
127
36.8%
99
25.0%
22
62.8%
820
Right in the middle
36.1%
26
10.3%
62
41.9%
114
37.9%
102
25.0%
22
25.0%
326
More on the liberal side
8.3%
6
1.7%
10
11.4%
31
25.3%
68
50.0%
44
12.2%
159
Missing
1
10
12
1
0
24
TOTAL
100.0%
72
100.0%
604
100.0%
272
100.0%
269
100.0%
88

1305


 


Theology by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
More on the conservative side
69.5%
383
54.7%
175
61.5%
166
59.3%
80
53.1%
17
62.8%
821
Right in the middle
21.1%
116
30.6%
98
23.3%
63
27.4%
37
37.5%
12
24.9%
326
More on the liberal side
9.4%
52
14.7%
47
15.2%
41
13.3%
18
9.4%
3
12.3%
161
Missing
18
0
4
1
1
24
TOTAL
100.0%
551
100.0%
320
100.0%
270
100.0%
135
100.0%
32

1308


 


Theology by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideTOTAL
More on the conservative side
100.0%
821
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
62.8%
821
Right in the middle
0.0%
0
100.0%
326
0.0%
0
24.9%
326
More on the liberal side
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
160
12.2%
160
TOTAL
100.0%
821
100.0%
326
100.0%
160

1307


 


Theology by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
More on the conservative side
59.8%
725
62.7%
918
62.8%
821
61.9%
2464
Right in the middle
29.9%
362
29.5%
432
24.9%
326
28.1%
1120
More on the liberal side
10.3%
125
7.7%
113
12.2%
160
10.0%
398
Missing
23
43
24
90
TOTAL
100.0%
1212
100.0%
1463
100.0%
1307

3982



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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