Congregational QuickStats > U.S. Congregations > Group Activities

Within the past twelve months, have there been any groups or meetings or classes or events specifically focused on the following purposes or activities? To discuss a book people have read other than the Bible? (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.


Book Group? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Book Group? (Demographic Patterns)


Book Group? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes48.7%
174
39.6%
154
46.4%
265
33.3%
33
4044.2%
626
No51.3%
183
60.4%
235
53.6%
306
66.7%
66
4455.8%
790
MISSING200002
TOTAL100.0%
357
100.0%
389
100.0%
571
100.0%
99
841416

[Back to Top]


Book Group? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes20.9%
42
34.7%
130
36.0%
134
60.3%
173
71.2%
185
144.4%
664
No79.1%
159
65.3%
245
64.0%
238
39.7%
114
28.8%
75
455.6%
831
MISSING0033107
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
375
100.0%
372
100.0%
287
100.0%
260
51495

[Back to Top]


Book Group? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes41.6%
341
44.3%
216
69.4%
75
3444.6%
632
No58.4%
479
55.7%
272
30.6%
33
5055.4%
784
MISSING22307
TOTAL100.0%
820
100.0%
488
100.0%
108
841416

[Back to Top]


Book Group? 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
Yes57.4%
112
47.0%
179
36.2%
259
55.8%
115
44.4%
665
No42.6%
83
53.0%
202
63.8%
457
44.2%
91
55.6%
833
MISSING24006
TOTAL100.0%
195
100.0%
381
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1498

[Back to Top]


Book Group? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes46.2%
36
44.1%
323
27.7%
98
64.1%
182
51.0%
26
44.4%
665
No53.8%
42
55.9%
409
72.3%
256
35.9%
102
49.0%
25
55.6%
834
MISSING240006
TOTAL100.0%
78
100.0%
732
100.0%
354
100.0%
284
100.0%
51
1499

[Back to Top]


Book Group? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes40.1%
365
46.6%
198
70.8%
85
1744.5%
648
No59.9%
546
53.4%
227
29.2%
35
2655.5%
808
MISSING30003
TOTAL100.0%
911
100.0%
425
100.0%
120
431456

[Back to Top]


Book Group? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes30.2%
371
44.4%
666
38.0%
1037
No69.8%
857
55.6%
834
62.0%
1691
MISSING6612
TOTAL100.0%
1228
100.0%
1500
2728

[Back to Top]


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.