Research, Resources, and Results
|Congregational Life Survey
Resources for Congregations
|Characteristics of U.S. Congregations, by Faith Group -- Part 1
Characteristics of U.S. Congregations, by Faith Group -- Part 2
All figures are means.
|Year congregation was founded||1926||1890||1935||1902||1978||1917|
|Approximate seating capacity where worship is held||457||237||230||416||221||258|
|Average weekly worship attendance, 2000||715||127||120||225||53||186|
|Total number of people (children and adults) participating||836||213||141||257||156||244|
|Total number of children participating||226||62||49||80||86||73|
|Religious education classes:|
|Number of children (<12) participating||119||26||22||21||39||35|
|Number of youth (12-18) participating||56||13||14||18||20||19|
|Number of adults participating||17||28||46||43||33||35|
|Number of worship services offered each week||8.5||1.9||3.0||1.8||1.3||3.1|
|Number of prohibitions reported (Note 1.)||1.5||1.1||3.2||2.9||5.6||2.3|
|Number of outreach activities reported (Note 2.)||4.2||6.6||5.8||7.2||5.3||5.9|
|Number of community services reported (Note 3.)||7.4||5.4||2.9||6.9||4.8||4.5|
Note 2. 14 possible outreach activities: encouraged people to invite others, letters sent to visitors, mailing flyers, newspaper/magazine ads, congregational website, telephone book ads, telephone visitors, neighborhood activity, visits with visitors, contact people new to the area, outreach event, radio/TV ads, recruitment committee, community survey (listed here in order from most common to least common overall).
Note 3. 23 possible community services: emergency relief, counseling/support groups, other social/recreational activities, health programs, other youth programs, arts/music, child care programs, other senior programs (not housing), sports, prison ministry, hobbies and crafts, other welfare/service activities, abuse/recovery programs, voter registration or education, housing for others (not seniors), social justice work, community organizing, elementary school, care for people with disabilities, immigrant support services, housing for seniors, help for unemployed, animal welfare or environmental activities (listed here in order from most common to least common overall).