A study of women’s wages and marriage rates found that women who earn more are less likely to marry. In fact, as women saw their wages grow closer to those of men between 1980 and 2010, the marriage rate decreased for women, going from 74% to 56%. Some women who may have married for economic security are deciding to postpone or skip marriage if the right partner doesn’t come along.
Why this matters for church leaders:
As church leaders are consulted for advice about marriage or divorce, they need to know the trends that may be driving a marriage or driving it apart.
- Marriage and financial security: The decline in marriage due to rising salaries for women suggests that some women had married in the past in order to find financial security. What are the implications for this in counseling couples about marriage?
- Do women feel trapped in marriage? In some cases of abuse in a marriage, a woman may remain in a verbally or physically abusive marriage due to financial concerns. Howe can churches support women trapped in destructive marriages?
- Careers vs. Families? When does the pursuit of a career become unhealthy for men and women? What does it look like to have family and work priorities in the right place?
How have you seen this trend play out in your congregation?
Find this story interesting? It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.
Great leaders learn from great leaders. Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing. You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.
We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.