Congregational QuickStats > Gender of Religious Leader

Is this person male or female? (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.


Gender of Religious Leader (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Gender of Religious Leader (Demographic Patterns)

 

Gender of Religious Leader by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Male
93.3%
609
87.8%
361
68.8%
99

41
88.5%
1069
Female
6.7%
44
12.2%
50
31.3%
45

4
11.5%
139
Missing
49
21
2
0
72
TOTAL
100.0%
653
100.0%
411
100.0%
144

45

1208


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Male
86.6%
116
88.2%
261
87.7%
568
93.8%
165
88.5%
1110
Female
13.4%
18
11.8%
35
12.3%
80
6.3%
11
11.5%
144
Missing
27
8
29
13
77
TOTAL
100.0%
134
100.0%
296
100.0%
648
100.0%
176

1254


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Male
100.0%
70
97.5%
543
78.2%
219
77.7%
205
89.0%
73
88.6%
1110
Female
0.0%
0
2.5%
14
21.8%
61
22.3%
59
11.0%
9
11.4%
143
Missing
3
57
5
6
7
78
TOTAL
100.0%
70
100.0%
557
100.0%
280
100.0%
264
100.0%
82

1253


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Male
86.1%
454
86.0%
265
92.2%
238
95.4%
125
96.6%
28
88.6%
1110
Female
13.9%
73
14.0%
43
7.8%
20
4.6%
6
3.4%
1
11.4%
143
Missing
42
12
16
5
3
78
TOTAL
100.0%
527
100.0%
308
100.0%
258
100.0%
131
100.0%
29

1253


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Male
94.9%
724
79.0%
245
75.2%
118

23
88.4%
1087
Female
5.1%
39
21.0%
65
24.8%
39

0
11.6%
143
Missing
57
16
3
0
76
TOTAL
100.0%
763
100.0%
310
100.0%
157

23

1230


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Male
89.4%
1016
92.1%
1314
88.6%
1110
90.1%
3440
Female
10.6%
120
7.9%
113
11.4%
143
9.9%
376
Missing
98
80
78
256
TOTAL
100.0%
1136
100.0%
1427
100.0%
1253

3816



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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