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In what year was your congregation officially founded? (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.


Year Congregation was Founded (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

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Demographic Patterns


Year Congregation was Founded (Demographic Patterns)


Year Congregation was Founded by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Before 190028.0%
52
20.0%
68
21.6%
77
30.1%
83
30.7%
78
025.4%
358
1900-195019.9%
37
30.3%
103
30.6%
109
25.7%
71
26.8%
68
127.5%
388
1951-199942.5%
79
37.1%
126
43.8%
156
38.4%
106
39.8%
101
440.2%
568
2000 or Later9.7%
18
12.6%
43
3.9%
14
5.8%
16
2.8%
7
06.9%
98
MISSING143419138088
TOTAL100.0%
186
100.0%
340
100.0%
356
100.0%
276
100.0%
254
51412

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Year Congregation was Founded by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Before 190023.8%
186
30.7%
142
22.9%
24
726.1%
352
1900-195029.4%
229
21.4%
99
38.1%
40
2027.3%
368
1951-199940.6%
317
39.8%
184
33.3%
35
3639.8%
536
2000 or Later6.2%
48
8.0%
37
5.7%
6
86.8%
91
MISSING41276074
TOTAL100.0%
780
100.0%
462
100.0%
105
711347

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Year Congregation was Founded 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
Before 190043.0%
83
21.9%
80
23.2%
155
21.8%
42
25.4%
360
1900-195024.4%
47
26.0%
95
28.9%
193
28.0%
54
27.4%
389
1951-199932.6%
63
46.3%
169
38.9%
260
41.5%
80
40.3%
572
2000 or Later0.0%
0
5.8%
21
9.0%
60
8.8%
17
6.9%
98
MISSING521481488
TOTAL100.0%
193
100.0%
365
100.0%
668
100.0%
193
1419

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Year Congregation was Founded by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Before 190038.0%
30
15.7%
109
24.4%
78
48.4%
133
18.4%
9
25.3%
359
1900-195039.2%
31
25.9%
180
29.4%
94
26.9%
74
22.4%
11
27.5%
390
1951-199922.8%
18
50.2%
349
35.6%
114
24.0%
66
49.0%
24
40.3%
571
2000 or Later0.0%
0
8.2%
57
10.6%
34
0.7%
2
10.2%
5
6.9%
98
MISSING1423410289
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
695
100.0%
320
100.0%
275
100.0%
49
1418

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Year Congregation was Founded by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Before 190024.3%
212
29.2%
114
26.5%
31
125.9%
357
1900-195026.9%
235
27.9%
109
31.6%
37
827.6%
381
1951-199941.4%
361
37.6%
147
35.9%
42
2139.8%
550
2000 or Later7.4%
65
5.4%
21
6.0%
7
66.7%
93
MISSING40334077
TOTAL100.0%
873
100.0%
391
100.0%
117
361381

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Year Congregation was Founded by Year


19982006TOTAL
Before 190029.5%
347
25.3%
359
27.2%
706
1900-195026.7%
314
27.4%
389
27.1%
703
1951-199943.9%
517
40.3%
572
41.9%
1089
2000 or Later0.0%
0
6.9%
98
3.8%
98
MISSING5688144
TOTAL100.0%
1178
100.0%
1418
2596

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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.