Why Women Leave a Church

August 7, 2015
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Podcast Episode #148


A recent post, Six Reasons Why Women May Be Leaving Your Church, really generated a lot of feedback. So much so, that we took today’s episode to discuss the topic further and cover these six reasons. While they may apply to men in the church as well, these are specific issues we are hearing from women as to why they decide to leave a church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • When they are overworked in the church, many women will disengage from church or just move to another one.
  • Generally speaking, women are more relational than men and can be more relationally hurt than men.
  • Children’s ministry is one of the key areas for the church in the present and future.
  • If a church does not address safety and security issues in its children’s ministry, it will not reach young families.
  • Most of the time, churches have funds to do what is needed. They are just spending the money elsewhere.
  • What you do in the workplace and at home is ministry—not just what you do at church.
  • If a husband does not attend church, it is extremely difficult for the wife to go by herself.
  • There is a big need for a church to have a place for a woman to connect in small group if her husband does not attend.

The six reasons why women may be leaving your church are:

  1. They are overworked.
  2. They do not feel valued.
  3. They are relationally hurt.
  4. There is a lack of quality childcare.
  5. They are too busy.
  6. Their husband does not attend.

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