National Congregations Study (NCS), [United States] (ICPSR 38472)

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Mark Chaves, Duke University

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The National Congregations Study (NCS) surveys a representative sample of America's churches, synagogues, mosques, and other local places of worship. Users can download and analyze the NCS survey data online on the study website. The NCS is based on in-depth interviews with congregational leaders and gathers information about worship, programs, staffing, community activities, demographics, funding, and many other characteristics of American congregations. Respondents of the NCS survey were asked to describe the worship service and programs sponsored by the congregation other than the main worship services, including religious education classes, musical groups, and recreational programs. Informants described the type of building in which the congregation met, whether it belonged to the congregation, and whether visitors came just to view the building's architecture or artwork.


1998, 2006 -- 2007, 2012, 2018 -- 2019