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Within the last two years, has your congregation experienced a conflict that led some people to leave the congregation? (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.


Member Left Congregation? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Member Left Congregation? (Demographic Patterns)


Member Left Congregation? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes31.8%
114
17.7%
68
28.3%
160
19.1%
18
3225.7%
360
No68.2%
245
82.3%
316
71.7%
406
80.9%
76
5674.3%
1043
MISSING0455014
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
384
100.0%
566
100.0%
94
881403

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Member Left Congregation? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes35.3%
71
20.0%
74
23.4%
87
30.3%
87
27.4%
71
126.2%
390
No64.7%
130
80.0%
296
76.6%
285
69.7%
200
72.6%
188
073.8%
1099
MISSING04322011
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
370
100.0%
372
100.0%
287
100.0%
259
11489

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Member Left Congregation? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes21.6%
177
35.8%
175
24.1%
26
1426.7%
378
No78.4%
643
64.2%
314
75.9%
82
6073.3%
1039
MISSING20204
TOTAL100.0%
820
100.0%
489
100.0%
108
741417

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Member Left Congregation? 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
Yes14.2%
28
27.7%
106
27.9%
198
29.1%
59
26.2%
391
No85.8%
169
72.3%
276
72.1%
511
70.9%
144
73.8%
1100
MISSING047314
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
382
100.0%
709
100.0%
203
1491

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Member Left Congregation? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes19.0%
15
22.3%
162
32.3%
114
30.3%
86
31.4%
16
26.3%
393
No81.0%
64
77.7%
563
67.7%
239
69.7%
198
68.6%
35
73.7%
1099
MISSING11220015
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
725
100.0%
353
100.0%
284
100.0%
51
1492

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Member Left Congregation? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes23.6%
215
32.0%
136
29.2%
35
726.5%
386
No76.4%
696
68.0%
289
70.8%
85
3073.5%
1070
MISSING30104
TOTAL100.0%
911
100.0%
425
100.0%
120
371456

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Member Left Congregation? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes26.8%
326
26.3%
392
26.5%
718
No73.2%
892
73.7%
1099
73.5%
1991
MISSING161531
TOTAL100.0%
1218
100.0%
1491
2709

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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.