How do you compare to other worshipers?

A Snapshot from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey

   
All Worshipers
 
Worshipers in conservative Protestant churches
 
Worshipers in mainline Protestant churches
 
Worshipers in Catholic parishes
Demographics:                
Median age  
54 years
 
47 years
 
59 years
 
53 years
Female  
61%
 
61%
 
61%
 
61%
Married  
66%
 
63%
 
67%
 
65%
College graduate (of those age 25+)  
47%
 
37%
 
57%
 
43%
Employed full/part-time; self employed  
58%
 
63%
 
54%
 
57%
Have children living at home  
43%
 
52%
 
36%
 
46%
Living alone  
15%
 
13%
 
17%
 
14%
Church involvement:  
 
 
 
Attend worship weekly or more often  
76%
 
79%
 
73%
 
76%
Attending current church 5 years or less  
33%
 
43%
 
28%
 
32%
Give 10% of income to the church  
18%
 
44%
 
16%
 
10%
Participate in small groups in the church  
45%
 
59%
 
61%
 
30%
Member of the church  
77%
 
70%
 
83%
 
75%
Beliefs:  
 
 
 
Believe the Bible is the literal word of God  
24%
 
55%
 
19%
 
17%
Believe there is life beyond death  
88%
 
96%
 
82%
 
90%
Believe Jesus will return to earth some day  
81%
 
96%
 
73%
 
80%

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Note: Data from Wave 2 of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, conducted in the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2009. All worshipers in a random sample of congregations across the United States took part.