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If they are otherwise qualified, are women in your congregation permitted to: Preach at a main worship service? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

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? (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Can Women Preach? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Can Women Preach? by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Yes
61.7%
336
74.6%
343
95.6%
172

46
71.8%
851
No
38.2%
208
25.2%
116
4.4%
8

17
28.0%
332
Don't know
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0

2
0.2%
2
Missing
0
6
0
0
6
TOTAL
100.0%
545
100.0%
460
100.0%
180

65

1185


 


Can Women Preach? by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Yes
89.6%
147
71.5%
213
65.2%
376
76.8%
162
71.8%
898
No
10.4%
17
28.2%
84
34.5%
199
22.7%
48
27.8%
348
Don't know
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.3%
2
0.5%
1
0.3%
4
Missing
0
3
8
0
11
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
298
100.0%
577
100.0%
211

1250


 


Can Women Preach? by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
18.4%
14
56.9%
301
90.3%
241
95.1%
251
79.6%
90
71.8%
897
No
81.6%
62
42.3%
224
9.7%
26
4.9%
13
20.4%
23
27.9%
348
Don't know
0.0%
0
0.8%
4
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
4
Missing
1
10
1
0
0
12
TOTAL
100.0%
76
100.0%
529
100.0%
267
100.0%
264
100.0%
113

1249


 


Can Women Preach? by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Yes
59.4%
381
81.5%
331
96.5%
138

48
71.4%
850
No
40.4%
259
18.2%
74
3.5%
5

10
28.4%
338
Don't know
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0

2
0.2%
2
Missing
6
0
0
0
6
TOTAL
100.0%
641
100.0%
406
100.0%
143

60

1190


 


Can Women Preach? by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Yes
0.0%
0
65.3%
981
67.7%
897
71.8%
898
68.1%
2776
No
0.0%
0
33.4%
501
32.3%
427
27.8%
348
31.3%
1276
Don't know
0.0%
0
1.3%
20
0.0%
0
0.3%
4
0.6%
24
Missing
1234
5
7
12
1258
TOTAL
100.0%
0
100.0%
1502
100.0%
1324
100.0%
1250

4076



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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