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


Number of Worship Services Per Week (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Number of Worship Services Per Week (Demographic Patterns)


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
00.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
00.1%
1
138.8%
139
28.0%
106
23.7%
135
27.6%
27
2529.0%
407
229.3%
105
24.5%
93
27.7%
158
46.9%
46
2028.6%
402
319.0%
68
35.4%
134
33.2%
189
24.5%
24
3929.5%
415
44.5%
16
4.5%
17
6.3%
36
1.0%
1
15.0%
70
5 or more8.4%
30
7.4%
28
9.1%
52
0.0%
0
37.8%
110
MISSING0920011
TOTAL100.0%
358
100.0%
379
100.0%
570
100.0%
98
881405

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Number of Worship Services Per Week by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
00.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.4%
1
00.1%
2
144.3%
89
27.8%
102
34.5%
129
26.5%
77
13.0%
34
328.8%
431
248.3%
97
31.1%
114
17.4%
65
24.1%
70
29.5%
77
128.3%
423
37.5%
15
33.2%
122
39.3%
147
37.1%
108
23.8%
62
030.4%
454
40.0%
0
2.2%
8
6.7%
25
5.5%
16
8.4%
22
04.8%
71
5 or more0.0%
0
5.7%
21
2.1%
8
6.5%
19
24.9%
65
17.6%
113
MISSING09200011
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
367
100.0%
374
100.0%
291
100.0%
261
51494

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Number of Worship Services Per Week by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
00.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
00.1%
1
127.3%
222
32.4%
158
31.8%
35
1729.4%
415
224.4%
198
33.1%
161
40.9%
45
1928.7%
404
337.8%
307
22.4%
109
11.8%
13
2530.4%
429
45.4%
44
3.1%
15
5.5%
6
64.6%
65
5 or more5.0%
41
9.0%
44
10.0%
11
176.8%
96
MISSING910010
TOTAL100.0%
813
100.0%
487
100.0%
110
841410

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Number of Worship Services Per Week 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
00.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
138.9%
77
23.6%
91
26.0%
184
39.0%
80
28.9%
432
224.7%
49
26.8%
103
29.0%
205
31.7%
65
28.2%
422
315.2%
30
36.4%
140
35.6%
252
16.1%
33
30.4%
455
44.0%
8
4.7%
18
5.4%
38
3.4%
7
4.7%
71
5 or more17.2%
34
8.3%
32
4.0%
28
9.8%
20
7.6%
114
MISSING019010
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
385
100.0%
708
100.0%
205
1496

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Number of Worship Services Per Week by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
00.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
18.8%
7
21.1%
153
24.9%
88
61.4%
175
18.0%
9
28.9%
432
220.0%
16
27.4%
199
39.5%
140
19.6%
56
24.0%
12
28.3%
423
31.3%
1
42.3%
307
27.1%
96
13.0%
37
26.0%
13
30.4%
454
43.8%
3
5.9%
43
4.2%
15
3.5%
10
0.0%
0
4.7%
71
5 or more66.3%
53
3.2%
23
4.2%
15
2.5%
7
32.0%
16
7.6%
114
MISSING01000010
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
726
100.0%
354
100.0%
285
100.0%
50
1495

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Number of Worship Services Per Week by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
00.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
00.1%
1
127.2%
246
30.1%
128
38.8%
47
1129.1%
421
226.4%
238
31.5%
134
33.9%
41
1028.5%
413
335.1%
317
24.7%
105
14.9%
18
1430.4%
440
45.6%
51
3.1%
13
4.1%
5
34.8%
69
5 or more5.5%
50
10.6%
45
8.3%
10
97.2%
105
MISSING1000010
TOTAL100.0%
903
100.0%
425
100.0%
121
471449

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Number of Worship Services Per Week by Year


19982006TOTAL
00.6%
8
0.1%
1
0.3%
9
126.8%
331
28.9%
432
28.0%
763
225.5%
314
28.3%
423
27.0%
737
332.0%
395
30.4%
454
31.1%
849
45.4%
67
4.7%
71
5.1%
138
5 or more9.6%
118
7.6%
114
8.5%
232
MISSING11011
TOTAL100.0%
1233
100.0%
1495
2728

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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.