Is There a Religion Gap Between Men and Women?

Women not only outnumber men in American churches, they also outnumber men worldwide when it comes to religion. In the U.S. six in ten women value faith, and four in ten attend church at least once a week. Only 47% of American men value faith, while one third attend church weekly. Worldwide, 51% of women prefer to talk about faith, while 69% of men prefer to discuss politics.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Women worldwide are more drawn to religion than men since men favor politics, and this brings up important demographic concerns for ministries.

  • Not Just the U.S. Church: Women favor religion across faiths and across national boundaries, so it’s possible that any church struggling to attract men is dealing with a much bigger issue than a local, American church issue.
  • Power and Authority: If men are naturally drawn to political power, does this bring up concerns for the roles that men play in churches and the potential to abuse power?
  • Commitments and Roles: If women are more committed to religion in general, does that impact our outreach and church leadership roles?

In what ways does this study relate to your ministry and the challenges it faces?

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