Gender gap in church

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One major response to our conversation on egg freezing was the idea that for many single Christian women it is a sensible choice given the difficulty in finding a partner/husband. For years it has been often said that the church is disproportionately made up of women, which means it is much harder for female believers to find husbands than the other way around. But is this statistic actually true? In this episode we look at what evidence there is for the idea of a gender gap in church, and then discuss what may have caused it. Are men and women fundamentally so different they worship God and are discipled in radically different ways? Has the church become too feminised and unable to reach out credibly to men? Or is it actually the men’s fault for failing to respond to the call to follow Jesus no matter the social cost?

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