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Single Adult/Young Adult Ministries A Quick Look At... The myths!... The people!... The needs!... The response!... MYTHS CONCERNING SINGLENESS EXPLORING WHAT YOU THINK AND BELIEVE Dennis Franck A/G Single Adult Ministries MYTHS/WHAT DO YOU THINK? EVERYONE SHOULD GET MARRIED!

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single adult young adult ministries

Single Adult/Young Adult Ministries

A Quick Look At...

The myths!...

The people!...

The needs!...

The response!...

myths concerning singleness

MYTHS CONCERNING SINGLENESS

EXPLORING WHAT YOU

THINK AND BELIEVE

Dennis Franck

A/G Single Adult Ministries

myths what do you think
MYTHS/WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • EVERYONE SHOULD GET MARRIED!
  • SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHO AREN’T MARRIED!
  • SINGLE ADULTS HAVE FEWER PROBLEMS THAN MARRIED ADULTS!
  • SINGLE ADULTS ARE LOSERS!
  • SINGLE ADULTS ARE LONELY!
  • SINGLE ADULTS ARE RICH!
  • SINGLE ADULTS ARE “ON THE PROWL!”

CHRISTIANS MUST REJECT CRUEL MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES ABOUT SINGLE ADULTS!

the people

THE PEOPLE

SINGLENESS IN THE U. S.

RECOGNIZING AND UNDERSTANDING THE DEMOGRAPHICS

44 of adults are single age 18
44 % OF ADULTS ARE SINGLE(AGE 18+)

Never married 48.0 M 26.0%

Divorced 20.5 M 11.0%

Widowed 13.5 M7.0%

82.0 M 44.0%

Separated 7.2 M 3.6%

Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 130, page 7

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Growth of Single-Person Households

  • 1900……………..5% of all households
  • 1960…………….13% of all households
  • 2000…………….26% of all households
  • Does not even include:
  • Single adults sharing an apartment/home
  • Single adults living in rest homes/other
  • Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 4
growth of single person households
Growth of Single-Person Households

Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 4

cohabitation
COHABITATION
  • Nearly half of 25-40 yr. olds have cohabitated

-The National Marriage Project-Rutgers University

  • 21 % of all unmarried-couple households include children

–Step Family Association of America

  • 71% increase in unmarried-partner households from 1990-2000
    • 5.5 million… 5% in 2000-3% in 1990

-Census Bureau 2000-Springfield News Leader 5/15/2000

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Median Age at First Marriage

Men Women

2000 26.8 25.4

1980 24.7 22.0

1970 23.2 20.8

1960 22.8 20.3

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

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Increasing % of Single Parents

Percentage of all family types in the U.S.

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

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INCREASING # OF DIVORCED

# Adults

1960………………….3,920,000

1970………………….4,284,000

1980………………….9,896,000

1990…………………15,128,000

2000…………………20,200,000

Total overall increase since 1960 - 500%

U. S. Census Bureau, Internet-Jan. 2001

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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

the church must minister to new definitions of family
THE CHURCH MUST MINISTER TO NEW DEFINITIONS OF “FAMILY”
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY
  • SINGLE-PARENT FAMILY
  • STEP-PARENT FAMILY
  • SINGLE ADULT FAMILY
  • BLENDED FAMILY
  • SEPARATED FAMILY
  • EXPANDED FAMILY
  • GRANDPARENT FAMILY
  • HOMOSEXUAL/HETEROSEXUAL FAMILY
  • HOMOSEXUAL PARTNER(S)/PARENT(S) FAMILY
a survey of singleness
A SURVEY OF SINGLENESS
  • SINGLE OR SINGLE-AGAIN…

ALL AGES…18-98 YRS.

    • UNMARRIED (18 yrs and older)
    • FORMERLY MARRIED
    • WIDOWED
    • SINGLE PARENT
a survey of singleness17
A SURVEY OF SINGLENESS
  • MARRIED NOW BUT WERE SINGLE-AGAIN DUE TO…
    • DEATH OF A MARRIAGE
    • DEATH OF A SPOUSE
a survey of singleness18
A SURVEY OF SINGLENESS
  • HAVE A RELATIVE WHO IS…
    • NOT MARRIED
    • WIDOWED
    • DIVORCED
    • SINGLE PARENT
    • SEPARATED
married single adults have the same spiritual needs
MARRIED & SINGLE ADULTS HAVE THE SAME SPIRITUAL NEEDS
  • SALVATION
  • BAPTISM
  • DISCIPLESHIP
  • OBEDIENCE
  • PRAYER LIFE
  • COMMITMENT
  • BIBLE TEACHING
  • SPIRITUAL GROWTH
unique interests needs of young adults single adults where in the church are these addressed
Rearing kids alone

Shared parenting

Relating to my former spouse

Sexuality and singleness

Money management

Peer Friendships

Learning to forgive my ex

Accepting Singleness

Dating/dating again

Divorce Recovery

Living with mom/dad

Understanding emotions

Grief Recovery

Dealing with changes

Learning to trust again

Loneliness

Humility

Building an identity

Singleness in a marriage & family-oriented church

Career choice

Pre-Marital education

Re-Marital education

Blending families

Relating to married adults

Adjusting to Widowhood

UNIQUE INTERESTS/NEEDS OF YOUNG ADULTS/SINGLE ADULTSWHERE IN THE CHURCH ARE THESE ADDRESSED?
establish church area ministry groups
BY AGE…

18-25-College-age

20’s & 30’s-Young adults

30+Single/single-again

adult

55+ “Mature” single adult

BY NEED…

Single parents/children

Divorce care/Parents & kids

Pre school

Elementary

Jr/Sr High

Widowed

ESTABLISH CHURCH/AREA MINISTRY GROUPS
valid reasons for developing

VALID REASONS FOR DEVELOPING…

SINGLE ADULT MINISTRIES!

AND

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES!

reasons for single adult young adult ministry
REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY!
  • Demographics demonstrate it!
    • 44% of U. S adults are single or single again
    • Why do most churches have less?
    • Why are we not retaining them?
  • People’s lives motivate it!
    • Many needs and issues of young adults/single adults are not being addressed from a biblical and single adult perspective.
    • Where are they getting their information if not from the church?
reasons for single adult and young adult ministry
REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY!
  • People’s ministry potential validates it!
    • Consider the potential spiritual impact of millions of young adults and single adults who are radical for Christ!
  • Jesus’ life authenticates it!
    • He was the greatest, most influential single adult who ever lived!
    • Pattern your life after Him!
people who changed history
PEOPLE WHO CHANGED HISTORY
  • JOSEPH-Fled advances of Potiphar’s wife
  • LILLIAN TRASHER- Founder of orphanage in Egypt
  • CORRIE TEN BOOM-Survivor of death camps
  • DIETRICH BONHOFFER-Writer/spiritual philosopher
  • GRIMKE SISTERS-First women to speak publicly against slavery in the south
  • MOTHER THERESA-Great humanitarian
people who changed history26
PEOPLE WHO CHANGED HISTORY
  • POPE JOHN PAULII-Catholic spiritual leader
  • HENRIETTA MEARS-FounderofGospel Light Pub.
  • EVANGELINE BOOTHE-Founder of Salvation Army
  • CLARA BARTON-Founder of the Red Cross
  • APOSTLE PAUL-Greatest missionary/author
  • JESUS-Savior of the world
  • THEY WERE ALL SINGLE ADULTS!
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)

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…
  • Whose mission thrust was modeled by a single adult named Paul…

-Harold Ivan Smith

how we can help you website www singles ag org
How we can help you! Website- www.singles.ag.org
  • Leadership materials and helps
  • Resources-Books, curriculum, videos, C D roms
  • Upcoming events-district and regional
  • Single-Parent-Family-Ministry
  • Divorce Recovery materials
  • Widowed-care materials
  • Young Adult Ministry materials
  • Single-living issues/materials
  • Finding ministries and leaders in your district!
  • Regional Conferences
  • National Team-speakers, consultation etc
  • “The Source”-national newsletter for single adults
how we can help you
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU!
  • NATIONAL TEAM
      • Consultation
      • Encouragement
      • Training
      • Speaking
  • RESOURCES
      • Curriculum
      • Books
      • Videos
      • Speakers
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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU!
  • NETWORKING WITH OTHER LEADERS
      • In your district
      • Across the nation
  • CONSULTATION
      • Phone
      • Email
      • Fax
  • SPEAKING
      • Leadership training
      • Conferences/Retreats
regional conferences
REGIONAL CONFERENCES
  • FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF…
    • Young Adults
    • Single Adults
  • FOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN…
    • Young Adult Ministries
    • Single Adult Ministries