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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

REACHING SINGLE AMERICA!

RECOGNIZING AND UNDERSTANDING THE DEMOGRAPHICS

types of single adults ages likely to attend
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
  • SEPARATED-all ages 20-65

(legally married but living a single life)

changes in households 1990 2000
CHANGES IN HOUSEHOLDS1990-2000
  • 71% INCREASE IN UNMARRIED- PARNTER HOUSEHOLDS
    • 5.5 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS
      • 5% of all 2000
      • 3% of all 1990
  • 25% INCREASE IN FEMALE-HEADED SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES
  • 62% INCREASE IN MALE-HEADED SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES
  • 21% INCREASE IN SINGLE PERSON HOUSEHOLDS
  • 7% INCREASE IN MARRIED COUPLE HOUSEHOLDS
    • Census Bureau 2000-Reported in Springfield News Leader 5/15/01 p. 5A
44 of adults are single age 18
44 % OF ADULTS ARE SINGLE(AGE 18+)

Never Married 48.5 M 26.0%

Divorced 20.0 M 10.7%

Widowed 13.5 M7.3%

TOTAL 82.0 M 44.0%

Separated 7.2 M 3.9%

Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 130, page 7

hispanic single adults
HISPANIC SINGLE ADULTS
  • YEAR 1980 1990 1999
  • MARRIED 66% 62% 59%
  • NOT MARRIED 24% 27% 29%
  • DIVORCED 6% 7% 8%
  • WIDOWED 4% 4% 4%

-George Barna, Single Adults, Isaachar Resources, 2002, page 14.

marriage money
MARRIAGE & MONEY
  • AGE WHITE HISPANIC BLACK

25-34 34% 49%

  • GROWTH-NEVER MARRIED 1980-2000

11% 21% 26%

  • HISPANIC ANNUAL AVERAGE INCOME

-MARRIED ADULT - $35,000.

-SINGLE ADULT - $16,805.

-George Barna, Single Adults, Isaachar Resources, 2002, page 14, 19

spiritual life of hispanics
SPIRITUAL LIFE OF HISPANICS
  • 1 of 4 Hispanic adults(27%) are born again, compared to 45% of black adults & 42% of whites.
  • 3 of 10 Hispanic adults(30%) claims to be absolutely committed to the Christian faith, significantly below the 51% of blacks and whites.
  • 63% of Hispanics believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings.
  • 87% of Hispanics say that their faith is an important part of their lives compared to 84% of adults nationwide.
hispanic families
HISPANIC FAMILIES
  • 36% of Hispanic children live with only one of their parents
  • 25% of Hispanic children live with a single mother.
  • 5% of Hispanic children live with a single father.

Children’s Living Arrangements, US Census March 2002, Page 5

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Median Age at First Marriage

Men Women

2000 26.8 25.1

1990 26.1 23.9

1980 24.7 22.0

1970 23.2 20.8

1960 22.8 20.3

U. S. Census Bureau, Internet-Jan. 2000

slide10
Growth of Single Person Households

1900 5% of all households

1960 13% of all households

2000 26% of all households

Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 4

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Increasing Single-Parent Families

1970 1999 Increase

Single--

Females 5.5 M 12.2 M 122%

Males 1.2 M 3.2 M 163%

Married--

Couples 44.7 M 53.7 M 20%

Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 7

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Increasing % of Single Parents

Percentage of Single Parent Families

in the US:

1970 13.0%

1980 22.0%

1990 28.0%

2000 36.0%

Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 113, page 1-Gary Sprague-Director, Kids Hope

single parents in the u s
SINGLE PARENTS IN THE U.S.
  • 32% OF ALL BIRTHS IN 1997 WERE TO UNMARRIED WOMEN
  • 28% OF ALL CHILDREN UNDER 18 LIVE WITH ONE PARENT
  • MOST SINGLE-PARENT CHILDREN (15 MILLION) LIVE IN METROPOLITAN AREAS
  • 6 IN 10 (9.2 MILLION) ARE IN CITIES WITHONE MILLION POPULATION OR MORE
  • US Census Bureau; National Center For Health Statistics; March 1998 Supplement to Current Population Survey; Us Census Bureau Household & Family Characteristics, March 1998; Census Brief “Children with single parents-how they fare,” September 1997.
the church must broaden its focus to include new definitions of family
THE CHURCH MUST BROADEN ITS FOCUS TO INCLUDE NEW DEFINITIONS OF “FAMILY”
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY
  • SINGLE PARENT FAMILY
  • STEP PARENT FAMILY
  • BLENDED FAMILY
  • EXPANDED FAMILY
  • GRANDPARENT FAMILY
  • UNMARRIED PARENT FAMILY
  • SINGLE ADULT FAMILY
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Increasing Number of

Divorced People

# Adults

1960 3,920,000

1970 4,284,000

1980 9,896,000

1990 15,128,000

1998 19,424,000

Total overall increase since 1960 - 395.5%

U. S. Census Bureau, Internet-Jan. 1999

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Higher Divorce Rates
    • Thirty years ago the divorce rate
  • was 35 in 1000
    • Today the rate is 250 in 1000
  • …25% of all adults!
  • … a 680 % increase!
  • George Barna, Unmarried America, page 22, “Family”-Barna Research Online-1999
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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

divorce in the us
DIVORCE IN THE US…
  • TOTAL # OF DIVORCED ADULTS…

1970: 4.3 million 2000: 20 million

  • MARRIED POPULATION…

1970: 72% 2000: 56%

  • 8 YEARS: AVERAGE DURATION OF 1ST MARRIAGE ENDING IN DIVORCE
  • 6 YEARS: AVERAGE DURATION OF 2ND MARRIAGE ENDING IN DIVORCE
  • Time Magazine, September 25, 2000 “Family” Barna Research Online, 1999
the needs
THE NEEDS…

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 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?

consider these comments
CONSIDER THESE COMMENTS…

“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)

singleness in the church
SINGLENESS IN THE CHURCH
  • YOU MAY THINK YOU WILL NEVER BE SINGLE, BUT BY FATE OR BY MATE YOU COULD BE!
  • YOU MAY NOT NEED THE SINGLE ADULT MINISTRY TODAY, BUT YOUMAY BY TUESDAY!
marriage does not make a person whole

MARRIAGE DOES NOT MAKE A PERSON WHOLE!

PEOPLE ARE WHOLE AND COMPLETE WHETHER MARRIED OR SINGLE!

COL. 2:10 “YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM!”

consider these comments24
CONSIDER THESE COMMENTS…

“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  

three single adults who changed the world
THREE SINGLE ADULTS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD!
  • OUR FAITH IS BASED UPON:
    • A Jewish single adult from Galilee …
    • Whose ministry was preceded by a single adult named John the Baptist
    • And whose mission thrust was modeled by a single adult named Paul

-Harold Ivan Smith

think about it
THINK ABOUT IT…

IN THE BEGINNING…

  • The first humans were created single (Gen. 2:7)

IN THE END…

  • We will all be single-again in heaven (Matt. 22:30)

IN BETWEEN…

  • God sent a single adult to save us

(John 1:12)

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