Churches and Religious Organizations – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts
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- Market size and major product and service segments
- Key industry statistics, trends, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies
US Religion Census: Congregations & Membership Study
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
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 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
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
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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.
- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.
Church Financial Health Index
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.
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
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
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.
Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Nonprofit Charitable, Civic, and Social Organizations
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