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Black Protestants, Evangelicals Top Rankings for Longest Sermons

Pew Research Center finds more mentions of praise in black churches’ messages and more mentions of sin in evangelicals’.
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Black Protestants, Evangelicals Top Rankings for Longest Sermons

How long should a sermon be?

The major branches of Christianity in the US have sharply different traditions, with sermons at historically black Protestant churches lasting—on average—nearly four times as long as Roman Catholic sermons.

That’s among the findings of an analysis by the Pew Research Center—billed as the first of its kind—of 49,719 sermons delivered in April and May that were shared online by 6,431 churches. Pew described its research as “the most exhaustive attempt to date to catalogue and analyze American religious sermons.”

According to Pew, the median length of the sermons was 37 minutes. Catholic sermons were the shortest, at a median of just 14 minutes, compared with 25 minutes for sermons in mainline Protestant congregations and 39 minutes in evangelical Protestant congregations. Historically black Protestant churches had by far the longest sermons, at a median of 54 minutes.

Pew said sermons at the black churches lasted longer than ...

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