Are women satisfied with their church experience? New research indicates the answer is yes, sort of. In short, it depends on the woman and it depends on the church.
Three-quarters of churched women say they are making the most of their gifts and potential (73%) and a similar proportion feel they are doing meaningful ministry (72%).
Assessing their influence, more than half say they have substantial influence in their church (59%) and a slight majority expect their influence to increase (55%).
But the poll also shows that many women have a very different experience of church, "frustrated by their lack of opportunities at church and feeling misunderstood and undervalued by their church leaders," the survey says.
About a third (31%) say they are resigned to low expectations when it comes to church. They feel under-utilized (20%), limited by their gender (16%), under-appreciated (13%), and taken for granted (11%).
"Although these represent small percentages, given that about 70 million Americans ...