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Is your congregation formally affiliated with a denomination, convention, or some similar kind of association? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

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


Formal Affiliation? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]

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Demographic Patterns


Formal Affiliation? (Demographic Patterns)


Formal Affiliation? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes89.4%
321
87.7%
341
74.8%
428
47.5%
47
5280.1%
1137
No10.6%
38
12.3%
48
25.2%
144
52.5%
52
3619.9%
282
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
389
100.0%
572
100.0%
99
881419

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Formal Affiliation? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes75.1%
151
73.3%
275
79.1%
296
81.4%
236
86.6%
226
578.9%
1184
No24.9%
50
26.7%
100
20.9%
78
18.6%
54
13.4%
35
021.1%
317
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
375
100.0%
374
100.0%
290
100.0%
261
51501

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Formal Affiliation? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes78.1%
642
81.2%
397
82.0%
91
5979.5%
1130
No21.9%
180
18.8%
92
18.0%
20
2620.5%
292
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
851422

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Formal Affiliation? by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Yes84.3%
166
78.0%
302
76.4%
547
84.5%
174
79.0%
1189
No15.7%
31
22.0%
85
23.6%
169
15.5%
32
21.0%
317
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
387
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Formal Affiliation? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes100.0%
80
73.0%
538
72.3%
256
100.0%
285
60.0%
30
79.0%
1189
No0.0%
0
27.0%
199
27.7%
98
0.0%
0
40.0%
20
21.0%
317
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
737
100.0%
354
100.0%
285
100.0%
50
1506

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Formal Affiliation? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes77.9%
712
81.4%
346
86.0%
104
2779.6%
1162
No22.1%
202
18.6%
79
14.0%
17
2020.4%
298
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
425
100.0%
121
471460

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Formal Affiliation? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes81.4%
1004
78.9%
1188
80.0%
2192
No18.6%
230
21.1%
318
20.0%
548
TOTAL100.0%
1234
100.0%
1506
2740

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.