National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (NSCEP)

​NORC is conducting the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (NSCEP), which will help scholars, clergy, and lay leaders better understand how American congregations receive, manage, and spend resources, as well as their theological, cultural, and practical orientations toward money.

Using NORC’s AmeriSpeak panel, NORC has generated a hypernetwork sample of approximately 5,000 congregations. The project will invite senior pastors and financial leaders of those institutions to complete a web survey about their finances and economic practices. NORC’s goal is to collect data from 3,000 congregations for NSCEP. Brad Fulton of Indiana University – Bloomington and David King of Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis and the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving are Principal Investigators for this research. The study is funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, Inc.

To learn more about the NSCEP, watch this helpful explanatory video featuring Brad Fulton, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and one of the principal investigators for the study.



Beth Fisher
Research Director

Principal Investigators

Dr. Brad Fulton
(812) 855-6948

Dr. David King