Answer: It's true some churches do not target single adults for spiritual and personal life issues - teaching and ministry, but do acknowledge that they have unique social needs. Yes, having social and recreational activities for single adults is better than having nothing for them. The social activity leaders plan functions under the name and umbrella of the particular church. These leaders of the social activities are usually from the church, but may have little or no investment in them from the church pastors or elders who are busy with the children's, youth, men's, women's, family or other ministries deemed to have a higher priority. They may or may not be appointed by church leaders and may be left to "fend for themselves" much of the time. This scenario portrays the attitude that "as long as the single adults have some social events to help them find friends, they will be alright."
When the emphasis is only social and not also spiritual, single adults tend to identify with the group and with each other more than with the church itself. "The church lends its name, sanction and facilities and provides nominal supervision. The program will continue as long as the single adults remain actively involved, but it may be discontinued if interest wanes or the facilities are needed for a higher priority program."
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of having only a "social ministry" for single adults.
Advantages of having only a social activity ministry:
Disadvantages of having a social program only:
One haunting question deserves to be asked at this point. Would this approach be used in most churches for youth, or children, or marriage, or family ministry? I think the answer to this is very obviously no!