Fact 2: How American congregations are changing

Doc2Fact 2:
There is growing diversity among and within American congregations. Ethnic diversity is more likely to occur in larger congregations and those congregations with fewer senior citizens. American solo or senior pastoral leaders are more ethnically diverse and older (though not more female) in 2012 than they were in 1998. However, women could, in principle, serve as the sole or senior pastoral leader in 58% of congregations, up from 49% in 2006. Congregational acceptance of gays and lesbians as members and lay leaders increased substantially between 2006 and 2012, though acceptance levels vary widely across traditions.

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