A look at our diverse perspectives core value would not be complete without asking our pastors to consider the question, since more than half of our congregations are women, how are we pastors supporting them and their work? Sadly, the question is vital because research paints a dismal picture. In 2015, Barna released a study that reported 17 percent of women feel “very supported” at their church. With increasing tensions between what they would like to do and what they actually have time for, 72 percent of women feel stressed out, 58 percent are tired, and 48 percent say they are overcommitted.

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