Data released today by Project 3:28 shows an unequal gender balance at major Christian events and conferences. Natalie Collins takes a closer look at the number...
The Baptist Assembly has topped a list of Christian events that had the most gender balanced platforms in 2015.
For the second year running, the meeting for Baptist members came out first in the Project 3:28 report with a 52% male to 48% women ratio.
The Church and Media conference and Soul Survivor were second and third respectively.
While the report praises those who achieve equal representation of male and female speakers, it gave special mention to the Church and Media Conference and Youthwork Summit - both events had a higher number of female speakers than men.
12 events were shown to have demonstrated an improvement in gender parity between 2014 and 2015.
Responding to the results, Natalie Collins, from the Project 3:28 collective, said: "It's great to see Christian events committed to increasing gender parity on their platforms; that the statistics show a slight rise from 2014 is positive.
"For events that have a theological commitment to the equal gifting and calling of women to leadership positions there's still a long way to go, but hopefully these statistics, as with previous years, will inspire event organisers to be intentional in inviting, including and equipping women."
Platform Balance 2014 (men/women):
1. Baptist Assembly (52/48)
2. Church and Media Conference (47/53)*
3. Soul Survivor (55/45)
4. Greenbelt (56/44)**
5. Youthwork Conference (57/43)
The events that have improved most since 2014 are:
1. Creationfest (Up 16%.)
2. Soul Survivor (Up 9%.)
3. Newday (Up 7%.)
4. Keswick (Up 6%.)
5. (Joint) One Event, Westpoint (Up 5%.)
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