What is the purpose of the "gender" field?
We learn in Genesis chapter 5:
In the day that God created man, he made him to the likeness of God. He created them male and female; and blessed them...
And thanks be to God for that!
There are some useful reasons why administrators may want to know an adorer's gender.
Hours needing a male adorer
Some chapels like to have at least one male adorer at each overnight hour (for extra security). Administrators can configure one or more hours on the Schedule page as needing a male adorer. Learn how to edit an hour.
If this is enabled on an hour, then the number of adorers needed for that hour will take into consideration whether or not any of the existing committed adorers for that hour are male. Also, the Substitute Finder will account for this when determining which substitutes are eligible to be invited for an hour.
For example, if you want a minimum of 2 adorers for Mondays at 1 AM, and one of those needs to be male, and there are two female adorers signed up for that hour, then the Schedule page will show that hour as "1 needed".
Note: Only logged-in adorers can view which hours are in need of male adorers. Learn more.
Adorers are color-coded on the schedule
On the Schedule page, you'll see each adorer's name in a color corresponding to the gender on their account. This is helpful for planning, especially for those overnight adorers, as described above.
- Green = Male adorer
- Pink = Female adorer
- Black = Unspecified gender
Note: Only admins and captains can view the gender-coded color of adorers. Learn more.
Making the gender field optional
There are, of course, situations where an adorer's gender is unknown, unknowable, or not desired. For example:
- For couples (e.g. "Jane & John Doe")
- For groups or teams (e.g. "Knights of Columbus")
- For adorers with privacy concerns revealing their gender
- During the adorer import process, if an adorer's gender is unknown
To accommodate these scenarios, admins can configure the gender field to be optional.
Customize this setting with the "Require adorers to provide their gender" field at Admin » Settings » Onboarding.
When the gender field is not required, a third "Unspecified" option will be available on the adorer sign up form.