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In a typical week, how many worship services does your congregation hold? (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.


Number of Worship Services Per Week (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Number of Worship Services Per Week (Demographic Patterns)

 

Number of Worship Services Per Week by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
3.3%
6

2
0.5%
6
One
34.1%
186
44.8%
209
46.7%
84

10
40.2%
479
Two
33.9%
185
31.8%
148
22.2%
40

19
31.3%
373
Three
22.7%
124
12.2%
57
9.4%
17

23
16.6%
198
Four
4.4%
24
3.4%
16
5.0%
9

4
4.1%
49
Five or more
4.9%
27
7.7%
36
13.3%
24

8
7.3%
87
TOTAL
100.0%
546
100.0%
466
100.0%
180

66

1192


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week 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
None
1.8%
3
1.0%
3
0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.6%
8
One
60.4%
99
41.9%
125
33.6%
196
31.6%
67
38.7%
487
Two
16.5%
27
31.2%
93
34.6%
202
33.0%
70
31.2%
392
Three
4.9%
8
12.4%
37
22.8%
133
20.8%
44
17.7%
222
Four
7.3%
12
7.0%
21
3.1%
18
0.9%
2
4.2%
53
Five or more
9.1%
15
6.4%
19
5.5%
32
13.7%
29
7.6%
95
Missing
0
3
2
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
298
100.0%
583
100.0%
212

1257


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
5.3%
6
0.6%
8
One
25.6%
20
30.7%
164
33.7%
90
65.8%
173
36.0%
41
38.9%
488
Two
2.6%
2
38.8%
207
39.3%
105
20.9%
55
21.1%
24
31.3%
393
Three
3.8%
3
24.7%
132
21.7%
58
8.4%
22
5.3%
6
17.6%
221
Four
6.4%
5
4.1%
22
3.7%
10
3.0%
8
5.3%
6
4.1%
51
Five or more
61.5%
48
1.7%
9
0.7%
2
1.9%
5
27.2%
31
7.6%
95
Missing
0
4
1
0
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
78
100.0%
534
100.0%
267
100.0%
263
100.0%
114

1256


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
None
0.0%
0
0.5%
2
4.2%
6

0
0.7%
8
One
36.7%
237
39.7%
161
54.2%
78

11
39.8%
476
Two
33.7%
218
32.3%
131
14.6%
21

23
30.9%
370
Three
19.8%
128
15.0%
61
8.3%
12

20
16.8%
201
Four
3.9%
25
4.7%
19
4.2%
6

3
4.2%
50
Five or more
5.9%
38
7.9%
32
14.6%
21

4
7.6%
91
TOTAL
100.0%
646
100.0%
406
100.0%
144

61

1196


 


Number of Worship Services Per Week by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
None
0.6%
8
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.6%
8
0.3%
17
One
26.6%
328
28.5%
427
38.1%
506
38.8%
488
32.9%
1749
Two
25.8%
318
28.2%
422
27.9%
371
31.3%
393
28.3%
1504
Three
30.7%
379
30.5%
457
20.3%
270
17.6%
221
25.0%
1327
Four
5.8%
72
4.4%
66
3.9%
52
4.1%
52
4.6%
242
Five or more
10.5%
129
8.3%
124
9.8%
130
7.6%
95
9.0%
478
Missing
1
9
3
5
18
TOTAL
100.0%
1234
100.0%
1497
100.0%
1329
100.0%
1257

5317



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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