The National Congregations Study: Background, methods, and selected results


Journal Article

The National Congregations Study (NCS) was conducted in conjunction with the 1998 General Social Survey (GSS). The 1998 GSS asked respondents who attend religious services to name their religious congregation, thus generating a nationally representative sample of religious congregations. Data about these congregations were collected via a one-hour interview with one key informant - a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader - from 1236 congregations. Information was gathered about multiple aspects of congregations' social composition, structure, activities, and programming. This article describes NCS methodology and presents selected univariate results in four areas: denominational ties, size, political activities, and worship practices. © Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1999.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chaves, M; Konieczny, ME; Beyerlein, K; Barman, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 458 - 476

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-5906

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8294

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/1387606

Citation Source

  • Scopus