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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 plan or conduct an assessment of community needs? (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.


Assess Community Needs? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Assess Community Needs? (Demographic Patterns)


Assess Community Needs? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes39.8%
143
55.2%
214
47.4%
271
62.2%
61
4748.6%
689
No60.2%
216
44.8%
174
52.6%
301
37.8%
37
4151.4%
728
MISSING000000
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
388
100.0%
572
100.0%
98
881417

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Assess Community Needs? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes36.8%
74
48.3%
181
48.3%
181
50.3%
146
59.2%
154
249.0%
736
No63.2%
127
51.7%
194
51.7%
194
49.7%
144
40.8%
106
351.0%
765
MISSING0000101
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
375
100.0%
375
100.0%
290
100.0%
260
51501

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Assess Community Needs? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes48.2%
396
51.5%
252
45.9%
51
3849.2%
699
No51.8%
426
48.5%
237
54.1%
60
4650.8%
723
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841422

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Assess Community Needs? 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
Yes50.0%
99
47.7%
184
50.1%
359
46.1%
95
48.9%
737
No50.0%
99
52.3%
202
49.9%
357
53.9%
111
51.1%
769
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
386
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Assess Community Needs? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes46.8%
37
43.8%
323
62.7%
222
44.4%
126
56.9%
29
49.0%
737
No53.2%
42
56.2%
414
37.3%
132
55.6%
158
43.1%
22
51.0%
768
MISSING000000
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
737
100.0%
354
100.0%
284
100.0%
51
1505

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Assess Community Needs? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes48.2%
441
53.1%
225
42.5%
51
1949.2%
717
No51.8%
473
46.9%
199
57.5%
69
2850.8%
741
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
424
100.0%
120
471458

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Assess Community Needs? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes37.3%
456
48.9%
737
43.7%
1193
No62.7%
767
51.1%
769
56.3%
1536
MISSING12113
TOTAL100.0%
1223
100.0%
1506
2729

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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.