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How long did this service last? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

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 Service (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Length of Service (Demographic Patterns)

 

Length of Service by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
2.9%
16
4.1%
19
4.0%
7

1
3.5%
42
60 minutes
29.8%
163
26.6%
124
23.6%
41

13
27.6%
328
61-90 minutes
44.4%
243
41.4%
193
51.7%
90

11
44.3%
526
91-120 minutes
13.3%
73
15.7%
73
6.3%
11

12
13.2%
157
More than 120 minutes
9.5%
52
12.2%
57
14.4%
25

30
11.3%
134
Missing
0
0
5
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
547
100.0%
466
100.0%
174

67

1187


 


Length of Service by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
1.8%
3
6.1%
18
2.1%
12
4.7%
10
3.4%
43
60 minutes
32.3%
53
27.9%
83
27.5%
159
21.2%
45
27.2%
340
61-90 minutes
48.8%
80
41.4%
123
42.7%
247
40.6%
86
42.8%
536
91-120 minutes
7.9%
13
12.5%
37
16.1%
93
11.8%
25
13.4%
168
More than 120 minutes
9.1%
15
12.1%
36
11.7%
68
21.7%
46
13.2%
165
Missing
0
3
7
0
10
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
297
100.0%
579
100.0%
212

1252


 


Length of Service by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
7.7%
6
1.5%
8
1.9%
5
4.6%
12
9.8%
11
3.4%
42
60 minutes
69.2%
54
24.1%
129
1.1%
3
52.5%
136
17.0%
19
27.2%
341
61-90 minutes
21.8%
17
49.7%
266
39.9%
107
42.9%
111
32.1%
36
42.9%
537
91-120 minutes
1.3%
1
15.0%
80
27.6%
74
0.0%
0
12.5%
14
13.5%
169
More than 120 minutes
0.0%
0
9.7%
52
29.5%
79
0.0%
0
28.6%
32
13.0%
163
Missing
0
4
1
5
0
10
TOTAL
100.0%
78
100.0%
535
100.0%
268
100.0%
259
100.0%
112

1252


 


Length of Service by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
2.2%
14
5.4%
22
4.3%
6

1
3.5%
42
60 minutes
28.1%
182
24.2%
98
37.7%
52

8
27.9%
332
61-90 minutes
49.0%
317
36.5%
148
42.8%
59

12
44.0%
524
91-120 minutes
13.6%
88
17.3%
70
2.9%
4

7
13.6%
162
More than 120 minutes
7.1%
46
16.5%
67
12.3%
17

33
10.9%
130
Missing
0
0
5
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
647
100.0%
405
100.0%
138

61

1190


 


Length of Service by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Less than 60 minutes
8.0%
99
5.6%
84
6.6%
88
3.4%
42
5.9%
313
60 minutes
32.5%
401
24.4%
366
29.5%
392
27.2%
340
28.2%
1499
61-90 minutes
31.3%
385
39.5%
594
36.3%
483
42.8%
536
37.6%
1998
91-120 minutes
15.4%
190
17.8%
268
15.9%
212
13.5%
169
15.8%
839
More than 120 minutes
12.7%
157
12.6%
190
11.7%
156
13.1%
164
12.5%
667
Missing
2
5
0
10
17
TOTAL
100.0%
1232
100.0%
1502
100.0%
1331
100.0%
1251

5316



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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