Congregational QuickStats > Can Women Preach?

If they are otherwise qualified, are women in your congregation permitted to: Preach at a main worship service? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Can Women Preach? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Can Women Preach? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Can Women Preach? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
55.9%
390
78.4%
337
89.1%
131

40
67.3%
858
No
44.1%
308
21.6%
93
10.9%
16

9
32.7%
417
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing
5
2
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
698
100.0%
430
100.0%
147

49

1275


 


Can Women Preach? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
68.9%
111
67.8%
206
65.2%
437
76.1%
143
67.8%
897
No
31.1%
50
32.2%
98
34.8%
233
23.9%
45
32.2%
426
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing
0
0
7
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
304
100.0%
670
100.0%
188

1323


 


Can Women Preach? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
8.2%
6
54.9%
337
80.5%
223
91.5%
247
94.4%
84
67.8%
897
No
91.8%
67
45.1%
277
19.5%
54
8.5%
23
5.6%
5
32.2%
426
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing
0
0
7
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
614
100.0%
277
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1323


 


Can Women Preach? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
74.7%
419
67.5%
216
61.5%
168
61.0%
83
31.3%
10
67.8%
896
No
25.3%
142
32.5%
104
38.5%
105
39.0%
53
68.8%
22
32.2%
426
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing
7
0
0
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
561
100.0%
320
100.0%
273
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1322


 


Can Women Preach? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
57.5%
468
79.4%
259
94.4%
151

19
67.5%
878
No
42.5%
346
20.6%
67
5.6%
9

5
32.5%
422
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing
7
0
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
814
100.0%
326
100.0%
160

24

1300


 


Can Women Preach? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
0.0%
0
65.3%
980
67.7%
897
66.4%
1877
No
0.0%
0
33.4%
501
32.3%
427
32.8%
928
Dont know
0.0%
0
1.3%
20
0.0%
0
0.7%
20
Missing
1234
5
7
1246
TOTAL
100.0%
0
100.0%
1501
100.0%
1324

2825



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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