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Poll reveals women don't serve as senior pastors in Evangelical churches but do serve in other leadership roles

by Alex Collett

A new survey has suggested that females in Evangelical churches are more likely to serve in leadership roles other than as senior pastors.

Lifeway Research released a poll based on responses from 1,000 Protestant pastors, inquiring about their views on the role of women in the Church. 

The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus +3.2 per cent. 

The poll, conducted from 1st September 2021 to 29th September 2021, revealed near-unanimous support among senior or sole pastors at Protestant churches for allowing women to take on some leadership roles within their churches, while support was much more divided regarding the ability of women to serve as senior pastors. 

Scott McConnell, the executive director of Lifeway Research, said in a statement: "The reason some pastors make a distinction between women leading as pastors or deacons or even teaching men compared to other leadership roles is because of how they interpret the Bible." 

"In the Apostle Paul's letters, he gives instructions to churches regarding these specific roles. But Protestant churches disagree on his intent."

Out of respondents, 94 per cent reported that their churches allowed women to minister children.

Most pastors responded that women at their churches may teach adult Bible studies of 85 per cent and serve as deacons, 64 percent.

In comparison, a slight majority 55 percent stated that women can become senior pastors at their churches. 

Out of the statistics only one percent of the sample led churches that forbid women from serving in all of those roles.

To view the survey click here:-

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