When you look around your church on Sunday morning, you may see more women than men in the pew, but a new study shows the gender gap is closing. Pew Research shows the gender gap in attendance has narrowed to just 6 points. The reason? Women are leaving the church faster than men.

Since 1972 the number of women attending service once a week dropped from 36 percent to 28 percent while the number of men dropped from 26 percent to 22 percent. Men’s attendance pattern has also become much more stable over time and they are more likely to say they attend services weekly (28 percent), a Pew Research study has found. FULL REPORT