National Congregations Study

Mark Chaves. Duke University, Department of Sociology.

This website for the National Congregations Study provides data and survey results that pertain to numerous congregational matters, such as age of senior clergy, styles of worship, number of teenagers active in congregational life, budget figures, number of staff and much more.


data; information

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • See how your congregation compares to others by using the data provided.
  • Explore contemporary realities and trends over time and see how you can implement that within your own congregation.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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