School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Daniel Marston


biblical, millennials, authenticity, loneliness, churchgoers


Counseling | Education


There has been a plethora of studies that have been conducted regarding the large number of millennials who are leaving the religious institution. Despite the studies that have been conducted there are a limited number of studies that examine the reasoning behind millennials leaving religious institutions. This study adds to current knowledge about single millennial women and their religious commitment. This study provides knowledge that can benefit leaders of religious institutions in reconnecting with single millennial women and engaging in conversation that could help to decrease the internal and external factors that cause disaffiliation. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine whether there was a need for in depth conversations about biblical teachings that will result in decreased religious disaffiliation of single millennial women. Additionally, this study aimed to fill the gap in literature in regard to millennials, more specifically, single millennial women who are becoming religiously disaffiliated. Conducting this study proved to be invaluable to religious institutions, professional counselors, and church elders as they work to help these individuals remain steadfast in their faith, remain authentic to their true selves, and provide effective mentorship that can be passed from generation to generation. The research aimed to find if there was a relationship between the impact of authenticity and loneliness on religious commitment of single millennial women. The results of this study can enhance the knowledge that is needed in religious institutions in order to retain millennials, help the single millennial women population work through their internal conflicts, and enable the religious institution leaders to engage in conversation with millennials that will aid in decreasing religious disaffiliation.