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Elements Included in the Congregation's Largest Worship Service, By Faith Group
All figures show the percentage of congregations that include each element in their largest worship service.


Catholic
Churches
Mainline
Protestant
Churches
Conservative
Protestant
Churches
Historically
Black
Churches

Other
Congregations

All
Congregations
More than half of congregations in all five faith groups include in their worship service:
Sermon or homily 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Singing by congregation 100% 100% 83% 100% 100% 92%
Collection of money 100% 99% 90% 100% 80% 94%
Singing by choir/soloist 93% 89% 75% 100% 93% 83%
Communion 100% 81% 77% 100% 87% 82%
People greeting each other 91% 82% 78% 89% 93% 82%
Hymn books 89% 88% 76% 89% 87% 82%
Piano 70% 84% 82% 89% 87% 82%
Time for children 52% 82% 54% 67% 86% 66%
More than half of congregations in a majority of faith groups include in their worship service:
Speaking in unison 93% 90% 44% 100% 93% 70%
Laughter 46% 83% 63% 100% 13% 68%
Applause 41% 68% 64% 100% 0% 62%
Organ 82% 72% 43% 89% 93% 61%
Participation by teens 61% 58% 43% 100% 93% 54%
Silent prayer/meditation 70% 76% 31% 89% 7% 53%
Less than half of congregations in a majority of faith groups include in their worship service:
Calling out Amen 43% 23% 68% 100% 7% 47%
Drums or guitar 41% 15% 44% 56% 0% 31%
Visual projection equipment 9% 15% 47% 22% 80% 32%
Raising hands in praise 18% 8% 50% 89% 0% 30%
Jumping, shouting, dancing 9% 1% 17% 56% 0% 10%
Less than half of congregations in all five faith groups include in their worship service:
Incense 41% 3% 2% 0% 0% 6%



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