A Proposal to Enhance the Third Wave of the National Congregations Study

Team Members/Contributors

Mark A. Chaves Duke University Contact Me

About this project grant for researchers

The 1998 and 2006 National Congregations Studies (NCS) collected data from 1,234 and 1,506 congregations, respectively, about a wide range of their characteristics and activities.

A grant from the Lilly Endowment makes it possible to gather new data from another high quality national sample of approximately 1,300 congregations in 2012 by interviewing a key informant, usually a clergyperson, in each congregation. The primary goals of this project are to (i) gather and disseminate important and up-to-date basic information about American congregations, (ii) study if and how American religious congregations have changed over time, and (iii) gather and disseminate first-time information on topics that were not explored in 1998 or 2006-07. This project will replicate, to the extent possible, the sampling strategy, data collection methods, and many of the items used in the 1998 and 2006 surveys.