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Churches & Religious Organizations – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 8661  |  NAICS 813110

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


Religious Organizations  (view report)
Civic, Social, and Youth Organizations  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies
US Religion Census: Congregations & Membership Study
http://www.usreligioncensus.org/

Decennial census report provides detailed statistics for over 230 religious groups, with data reported for each group on a national, state, county, and metro area basis including number of congregations, number of communicant, confirmed, or full members, average worship services attendance, number of adherents, and its share of the total population and the total religious adherents in a selected area.


The Association of Religion Data Archives
Resources available from this organization include:

U.S. Congregational Membership Reports
https://www.thearda.com/
U.S. congregational membership section includes reports and maps which provide detailed statistics on the number of congregations and adherents by religious body for a user-defined geographic area. Data is available on a national, state, and county basis for a series of decennial census reports, with the net change noted for the most recent period versus prior periods. All data is available free online.

Data Archive
https://www.thearda.com/
Data archive section provides a selection of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers, with content categories including international surveys and data (cross-national data, multiple-nation surveys, national surveys), U.S. church membership studies (state and county level), and surveys of religious organizations, groups, congregations, and members. All resources are available free online.


The Business Research Company
Religious Organizations
https://www.thebusinessresearchcompany.com/

Comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of this sector on a global basis, with information provided including market size and forecast by type (e.g., public organizations, private organizations, individuals), religious group (e.g., Christians, Muslims, Hindus, others), income source (e.g., tourism, donations, construction, media and music, religious items and merchandise), and region (e.g., USA).


BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Religious Organizations
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "813110" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.


More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios


BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Religious Organizations
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "813110" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

CapinCrouse LLP
Church Financial Health Index
https://capincrouse.com/

Subscription service provides financial ratios and other measures designed to help users assess an organization's financial condition and track its key financial trends, and includes interactive tools that let users select peers for benchmarking purposes based on total number of adult attendees, number of locations, and region. A snapshot of the reports included with the index can be viewed free online.


IBISWorld Research Reports
Religious Organizations
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenues for not-for-profit and private organizations that are primarily engaged in operating religious establishments (e.g., churches, chapels, temples, shrines, synagogues, mosques, pagodas, convents, monasteries), administering organized religions, or promoting religious activities.



Compensation and Salary Surveys


Christianity Today
ChurchSalary
https://www.churchsalary.com/

Online interactive tool allows users to generate compensation reports for specific job positions in the church, with compensation data for clergy and staff positions filterable by church size, annual budget, and geographic setting and personnel characteristics such as gender, employment status, education, experience, and ordination status. Sample report for a full-time pastor position can be viewed online.


The Church Network
TCN Salary Survey
https://www.ministrypay.com/

Subscription service provides compensation data for over 100 job titles, with statistical measures for compensation and benefits data including mean, median, and upper and lower quartiles and deciles. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample reports for selected job positions such as senior pastor, executive pastor, and church business administrator are available free online.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Religious Organizations
https://www.bls.gov/oes/

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for job occupations employed by not-for-profit and private organizations that are primarily engaged in operating religious establishments (e.g., churches, chapels, temples, shrines, synagogues, mosques, pagodas, convents, monasteries), administering organized religions, or promoting religious activities.



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BVMarketData
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Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.



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