Statistical analysis from Pew Research and Barna Group concerning millions of women leaving the Christian Church:
“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” –Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix.
When it comes to gender statistics and the church, in the past it seems the blue pill was easier to swallow. In May of this year, Pew Research calculated the U.S. Church declined by an average of 5 million people (1). Surprisingly, Barna’s research between 1991 to 2011 revealed it is the “women of faith” who are “leaving in massive numbers (2).”
These studies confirm more women than men are the source of the decline. According to George Barna, “The proportion of American women who are unchurched has nearly doubled in the past twenty years, rising by 94 percent (3).” “One sixth say their opportunities at church are limited by their gender and roughly one out of every eight women feel underappreciated by their church (4).” Percentages appear low, but raw numbers expose “millions of women” in the U.S. today feel discounted by their lack of support in the church (5). Now is the time to take the blinders off our eyes and integrate women in their full giftings into every part of the church.
An Excerpt from Fulthorp, Deborah L. “Spirit Empowered Women in Church Leadership: An Undergraduate and Local Church Ministry Course.” DMin Project diss., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2016.
(1) Pew Research Center: Religion and Public Life,” www.pewforum.org, May 12, 2015, accessed October 26, 2015, http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/.
(2) Jim Henderson, The Resignation of Eve: What If Adam’s Rib Is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone? (Carol Stream: Tyndale Momentum, 2012), xv, Kindle edition.
(5) George Barna, “Christian Women Today, Part 1 of 4: What Women Think of Faith, Leadership and Their Role in the Church,” Barna Group, August 14, 2012, accessed October 26, 2015, https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/579-christian-women-today-part-1-of-4-what-women-think-of-faith-leadership-and-their-role-in-the-church#.Vi-lTqK1y1I.
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