REACHING SINGLE AMERICA!. RECOGNIZING AND UNDERSTANDING THE DEMOGRAPHICS. TYPES OF SINGLE ADULTS (AGES LIKELY TO ATTEND). NEVER MARRIED -mostly ages 18-35 FORMERLY MARRIED -all ages 20-65 WIDOWED -all ages 25-65 SINGLE PARENT -mostly ages 20-50 CHILDREN OF SINGLE PARENTS
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REACHING SINGLE AMERICA!
RECOGNIZING AND UNDERSTANDING THE DEMOGRAPHICS
(legally married but living a single life)
Never Married48.5 M26.0%
Divorced20.0 M 10.7%
TOTAL82.0 M 44.0%
Separated 7.2 M 3.9%
Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 130, page 7
-George Barna, Single Adults, Isaachar Resources, 2002, page 14.
25-34 34% 49%
11% 21% 26%
-MARRIED ADULT - $35,000.
-SINGLE ADULT - $16,805.
-George Barna, Single Adults, Isaachar Resources, 2002, page 14, 19
Children’s Living Arrangements, US Census March 2002, Page 5
Median Age at First Marriage
U. S. Census Bureau, Internet-Jan. 2000
Growth of Single Person Households
1900 5% of all households
196013% of all households
200026% of all households
Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 4
Increasing Single-Parent Families
Females5.5 M12.2 M 122%
Males1.2 M 3.2 M 163%
Couples 44.7 M53.7 M 20%
Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 7
Increasing % of Single Parents
Percentage of Single Parent Families
in the US:
Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 113, page 1-Gary Sprague-Director, Kids Hope
Increasing Number of
Total overall increase since 1960 - 395.5%
U. S. Census Bureau, Internet-Jan. 1999
Domino Effect of Divorce
The chance of divorce increases with
each additional divorce/remarriage:
41% of 1st marriages end in divorce
60% of 2nd marriages end in divorce
73% of 3rd marriages end in divorce
Marriage and Divorce Today-1988, page 1
1970: 4.3 million 2000: 20 million
1970: 72% 2000: 56%
CONSIDER THESE COMMENTS…
“Out of the divorces, widowhood, the singles bars, clubs, apartment and condominiums, comes a torrent of need, and it is flowing right past the door of our churches...there is boundless talent and creativity in this flood of single adults. The church can help and it can also be helped. It can give and it can receive. OPPORTUNITY IS THERE! WHAT WILL WE DO?”
-Edward & Gwen Weising, Authors of Singleness-An Opportunity for Growth and Fulfillment
IN AMERICA 44% OF ALL ADULTS ARE SINGLE OR SINGLE-AGAIN!(AGE 18+)
IN MOST A/G CHURCHES, 20-35% OF ALL ADULTS ARE SINGLE OR SINGLE AGAIN!
WHY DO OUR CHURCHES HAVE A LOWER PERCENTAGE THAN SOCIETY HAS?
“To fail to reach out to the single adult is to 'wall out' 44% of the adult population today.”
-Earl Creps, Director, Doctoral Leadership Program, AGTS-Springfield, MO-Adult Ministries Consultant, Assemblies of God Sunday School (1997-1998)
MARRIAGE DOES NOT MAKE A PERSON WHOLE!
PEOPLE ARE WHOLE AND COMPLETE WHETHER MARRIED OR SINGLE!
COL. 2:10 “YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM!”
“Every group in the church has unique needs and gifts...children, youth, men, women, marrieds etc. Because we have put emphasis on these groups for so long, we have inadvertently forgotten the singles and have led them to believe we don't expect them to be involved in ministry. The apostle Paul said that for ministry it is better to be single! (I Cor.7: 25-35) The purpose of ministry to singles is to help them see they ARE the church and to help them come to a place of ministry.”
-David Reddout, Pastor, First Assembly of God--Leesville, LA-Adult Ministries Consultant, Assemblies of God Sunday School Department--1981-1985
-Harold Ivan Smith
IN THE BEGINNING…
IN THE END…