We establish for the first time a national mortality rate for religious congregations by determining the 2005 status of congregations in the 1998 National Congregations Study sample. The annual mortality rate for religious congregations is 1 percent, which is among the lowest mortality rates ever observed for any type of organization. This unusually low mortality rate probably indicates an organizational population whose weakest members live on in a weakened state rather than an organizational population that is unusually robust all the way down to its most vulnerable members.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion|
|State||Published - Jun 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Religious studies