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How long did the sermon or speech last? (TIME IN MINUTES) (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.


Length of Sermon (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Length of Sermon (Demographic Patterns)


Length of Sermon by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
20 Minutes or Less56.1%
201
32.4%
126
28.9%
165
18.2%
18
3236.0%
510
21 - 45 Minutes43.3%
155
63.8%
248
59.5%
340
49.5%
49
4755.9%
792
More than 45 Minutes0.6%
2
3.9%
15
11.6%
66
32.3%
32
108.1%
115
MISSING001001
TOTAL100.0%
358
100.0%
389
100.0%
571
100.0%
99
891417

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Length of Sermon by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
20 Minutes or Less51.2%
103
31.2%
117
26.7%
100
33.1%
96
48.1%
125
136.0%
541
21 - 45 Minutes41.3%
83
56.0%
210
66.9%
251
60.0%
174
45.8%
119
455.8%
837
More than 45 Minutes7.5%
15
12.8%
48
6.4%
24
6.9%
20
6.2%
16
18.2%
123
MISSING0000101
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
375
100.0%
375
100.0%
290
100.0%
260
61501

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Length of Sermon by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
20 Minutes or Less26.2%
215
47.6%
233
72.1%
80
1437.1%
528
21 - 45 Minutes66.7%
548
44.2%
216
25.2%
28
4855.7%
792
More than 45 Minutes7.2%
59
8.2%
40
2.7%
3
217.2%
102
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
831422

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Length of Sermon 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
20 Minutes or Less64.1%
127
35.2%
136
26.1%
187
45.1%
93
36.1%
543
21 - 45 Minutes27.8%
55
56.2%
217
64.5%
462
51.0%
105
55.7%
839
More than 45 Minutes8.1%
16
8.5%
33
9.4%
67
3.9%
8
8.2%
124
MISSING00101
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
386
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Length of Sermon by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
20 Minutes or Less95.0%
76
19.3%
142
21.5%
76
74.0%
211
76.0%
38
36.1%
543
21 - 45 Minutes3.8%
3
73.0%
538
61.6%
218
25.3%
72
16.0%
8
55.7%
839
More than 45 Minutes1.3%
1
7.7%
57
16.9%
60
0.7%
2
8.0%
4
8.2%
124
MISSING001001
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
737
100.0%
354
100.0%
285
100.0%
50
1506

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Length of Sermon by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
20 Minutes or Less28.1%
257
44.1%
188
75.0%
90
836.6%
535
21 - 45 Minutes64.0%
585
47.4%
202
24.2%
29
2355.9%
816
More than 45 Minutes7.9%
72
8.5%
36
0.8%
1
157.5%
109
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
426
100.0%
120
461460

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Length of Sermon by Year


19982006TOTAL
20 Minutes or Less40.9%
492
36.0%
542
38.2%
1034
21 - 45 Minutes51.8%
624
55.7%
839
54.0%
1463
More than 45 Minutes7.3%
88
8.2%
124
7.8%
212
MISSING30131
TOTAL100.0%
1204
100.0%
1505
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.