Dearly departed: How often do congregations close?


Journal Article

We establish for the first time a national mortality rate for religious congregations by determining the 2005 status of congregations in the 1998 National Congregations Study sample. The annual mortality rate for religious congregations is 1 percent, which is among the lowest mortality rates ever observed for any type of organization. This unusually low mortality rate probably indicates an organizational population whose weakest members live on in a weakened state rather than an organizational population that is unusually robust all the way down to its most vulnerable members. © 2008 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anderson, SL; Martinez, JH; Hoegeman, C; Adler, G; Chaves, M

Published Date

  • June 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 328

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-5906

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8294

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2008.00410.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus