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In every congregation, disagreements and conflicts occasionally arise. Within the last two years, has your congregation experienced a conflict for which a special meeting was called specifically to deal with the disagreement? (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.


Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? (Demographic Patterns)


Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes30.6%
110
23.3%
90
18.9%
107
10.6%
10
2622.5%
317
No69.4%
249
76.7%
297
81.1%
460
89.4%
84
6277.5%
1090
MISSING0145010
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
387
100.0%
567
100.0%
94
881407

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Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes24.5%
49
20.2%
75
25.1%
94
23.5%
68
21.5%
56
022.9%
342
No75.5%
151
79.8%
296
74.9%
280
76.5%
221
78.5%
204
177.1%
1152
MISSING0401106
TOTAL100.0%
200
100.0%
371
100.0%
374
100.0%
289
100.0%
260
11494

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Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes20.1%
165
27.4%
134
29.1%
32
1323.3%
331
No79.9%
657
72.6%
355
70.9%
78
6276.7%
1090
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
110
751421

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Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? 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
Yes27.9%
55
18.1%
69
25.6%
182
18.1%
37
22.9%
343
No72.1%
142
81.9%
313
74.4%
530
81.9%
167
77.1%
1152
MISSING044210
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
382
100.0%
712
100.0%
204
1495

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Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes13.9%
11
16.6%
121
31.6%
112
29.2%
83
32.0%
16
22.9%
343
No86.1%
68
83.4%
607
68.4%
242
70.8%
201
68.0%
34
77.1%
1152
MISSING1910011
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
728
100.0%
354
100.0%
284
100.0%
50
1495

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Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes20.0%
183
25.5%
108
40.0%
48
323.3%
339
No80.0%
730
74.5%
316
60.0%
72
3376.7%
1118
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
913
100.0%
424
100.0%
120
361457

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Special Meeting to Resolve Conflict? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes27.7%
339
22.9%
343
25.1%
682
No72.3%
883
77.1%
1152
74.9%
2035
MISSING121022
TOTAL100.0%
1222
100.0%
1495
2717

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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.