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How long did the sermon or speech last? Time in minutes; Remarks: SERMTIME was asked only if SERMON=1. If a congregation did not have a sermon (SERMON=2), SERMTIME was set at zero (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 Sermon (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Length of Sermon (Demographic Patterns)

 

Length of Sermon by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
10 minutes or less
4.9%
27
10.3%
48
24.0%
43

10
9.9%
118
11-20 minutes
19.4%
106
31.6%
147
41.9%
75

10
27.5%
328
21-30 minutes
33.6%
184
24.9%
116
19.0%
34

8
28.0%
334
31-45 minutes
37.5%
205
24.5%
114
14.5%
26

18
29.0%
345
More than 45 minutes
4.6%
25
8.6%
40
0.6%
1

20
5.5%
66
TOTAL
100.0%
547
100.0%
465
100.0%
179

66

1191


 


Length of Sermon 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
10 minutes or less
18.9%
31
7.1%
21
9.5%
55
9.0%
19
10.0%
126
11-20 minutes
39.0%
64
33.7%
100
21.8%
127
22.2%
47
26.9%
338
21-30 minutes
22.6%
37
21.2%
63
30.1%
175
31.6%
67
27.3%
342
31-45 minutes
18.9%
31
33.0%
98
31.8%
185
23.1%
49
28.9%
363
More than 45 minutes
0.6%
1
5.1%
15
6.9%
40
14.2%
30
6.9%
86
Missing
0
3
2
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
297
100.0%
582
100.0%
212

1255


 


Length of Sermon by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
10 minutes or less
57.9%
44
2.1%
11
4.9%
13
9.4%
25
31.0%
35
10.2%
128
11-20 minutes
40.8%
31
12.0%
64
10.9%
29
65.3%
173
37.2%
42
27.0%
339
21-30 minutes
1.3%
1
32.7%
175
34.8%
93
20.0%
53
16.8%
19
27.1%
341
31-45 minutes
0.0%
0
46.2%
247
34.5%
92
5.3%
14
8.8%
10
28.9%
363
More than 45 minutes
0.0%
0
7.1%
38
15.0%
40
0.0%
0
6.2%
7
6.8%
85
Missing
0
4
1
0
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
76
100.0%
535
100.0%
267
100.0%
265
100.0%
113

1256


 


Length of Sermon by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
10 minutes or less
4.5%
29
16.3%
66
18.9%
27

5
10.2%
122
11-20 minutes
19.5%
126
27.8%
113
63.6%
91

8
27.6%
330
21-30 minutes
34.8%
225
22.7%
92
13.3%
19

5
28.1%
336
31-45 minutes
34.1%
220
29.1%
118
2.8%
4

22
28.6%
342
More than 45 minutes
7.1%
46
4.2%
17
1.4%
2

20
5.4%
65
TOTAL
100.0%
646
100.0%
406
100.0%
143

60

1195


 


Length of Sermon by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
10 minutes or less
10.7%
128
12.1%
182
9.0%
119
10.1%
127
10.5%
556
11-20 minutes
31.8%
381
24.3%
366
29.1%
386
26.9%
338
27.8%
1471
21-30 minutes
25.5%
306
26.4%
398
20.9%
277
27.2%
342
25.0%
1323
31-45 minutes
24.6%
295
28.9%
435
33.5%
444
28.9%
363
29.1%
1537
More than 45 minutes
7.5%
90
8.3%
125
7.6%
101
6.9%
87
7.6%
403
Missing
34
1
4
5
44
TOTAL
100.0%
1200
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1327
100.0%
1257

5290



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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