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Theologically speaking, would your congregation be considered more on the conservative side, more on the liberal side, or right in the middle? (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.


Theology (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Theology (Demographic Patterns)

 

Theology by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side
81.1%
434
40.1%
185
7.9%
14

15
53.9%
633
Right in the middle
15.7%
84
56.2%
259
30.9%
55

8
33.9%
398
More on the liberal side
3.2%
17
3.7%
17
61.2%
109

0
12.2%
143
Missing
10
6
2
0
18
TOTAL
100.0%
535
100.0%
461
100.0%
178

23

1174


 


Theology 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
More on the conservative side
27.9%
43
57.2%
154
59.3%
342
54.8%
108
54.1%
647
Right in the middle
48.7%
75
30.9%
83
32.9%
190
29.4%
58
33.9%
406
More on the liberal side
23.4%
36
11.9%
32
7.8%
45
15.7%
31
12.0%
144
Missing
11
32
8
16
67
TOTAL
100.0%
154
100.0%
269
100.0%
577
100.0%
197

1197


 


Theology by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
More on the conservative side
32.0%
24
83.0%
426
43.9%
104
31.8%
82
9.8%
11
54.1%
647
Right in the middle
56.0%
42
16.8%
86
53.2%
126
36.8%
95
50.0%
56
33.9%
405
More on the liberal side
12.0%
9
0.2%
1
3.0%
7
31.4%
81
40.2%
45
12.0%
143
Missing
2
26
31
6
2
67
TOTAL
100.0%
75
100.0%
513
100.0%
237
100.0%
258
100.0%
112

1195


 


Theology by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalTOTAL
More on the conservative side
100.0%
647
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
54.1%
647
Right in the middle
0.0%
0
100.0%
406
0.0%
0
33.9%
406
More on the liberal side
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
143
12.0%
143
TOTAL
100.0%
647
100.0%
406
100.0%
143

1196


 


Theology by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
More on the conservative side
59.8%
725
62.8%
919
62.8%
821
54.1%
647
60.1%
3112
Right in the middle
29.9%
362
29.5%
432
24.9%
326
33.9%
406
29.5%
1526
More on the liberal side
10.3%
125
7.7%
113
12.2%
160
12.0%
143
10.4%
541
Missing
23
43
24
66
156
TOTAL
100.0%
1212
100.0%
1464
100.0%
1307
100.0%
1196

5179



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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