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It will come as no surprise to most that the U. However, what may come as a surprise is the increasing of women who are part of this cultural shift away from churchgoing and from the Christian faith.
Historically, men have been less likely to regularly attend church than women. Just over a decade ago, the gender gap was three men for every two unchurched women. In other words, the gender gap has narrowed from 20 points to just 8 points in the last ten years. Here is the landscape of women and their churchgoing. This last group represents the majority of unchurched women—they are the dechurched.
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Below are five trends Barna Groups sees as contributing factors to this shift away from church among women. If more than half of women say attending church is not particularly important to them, where are they placing their priorities?
Although women may not feel comfortable identifying their job as their top priority, their actual time commitment reflects a high value for that part of their lives. Really, really busy. And they are experiencing a tension between things they might want to do and things they actually have time for. The percentages are even higher among moms with kids at home.
This finding adds an interesting dimension to the growing of unchurched women—there is still a local woman for relations among many women to be spiritually active in a church community, but there are barriers preventing that desire from becoming behavior.
Fewer than half of women indicated receiving any emotional support from people at their church or synagogue. This begs the question of where women are finding such support—and indicates a large opportunity for those churches who are seeking to engage women in their community. However, young women are increasingly less likely to fit into this mold. The average age of first marriage has risen dramatically over the last decades.
Most women do not get married until they are in their mid-to-late twenties now.
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And, while young women still want to get married at some point in their life, they have a lot of personal things they want to do first: including developing more fully as a person and becoming financially stable.
Such delays in marriage and parenting have ificant effects on churches that prioritize family ministry and have little to offer in terms of connecting faith and work. However—particularly among younger Christians—the of those who have not only left the church, but also left the faith, is growing.
In other words, there are very few institutions—either social or economic—binding Millennials.
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In a recent Barna Group study on identity, Millennials were ificantly less likely than other generations to claim any of the surveyed factors family, faith, country, city, state, ethnicity, career as central to their identity. This generational sense of disenfranchisement has not helped draw young adults in general to a church—let alone young women, among whom such societal untetheredness is unprecedented.
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