By Dennis Franck
I remember this issue well during my years as a pastor to single adults and young adults. The very nature of a ministry for single adults or young adults many times fosters the idea that it is a place to "pick up dates" or look for mates because most people coming are unmarried! Although I would rather have people look for a person to date in a Christian group, since chances of possibly finding a committed believer are better than looking in secular places, the knowledge that a few in the group are desperate to find Mr. or Miss Right can create an unhealthy environment and an image a ministry does not want to portray or be known for.
Any leader wanting to create a safe place for people has their heart in the right place! I would suggest the following: