By Dennis Franck
Increasingly, single adult ministry is becoming older. 25 years ago, single adult ministry was attended by people 25 yrs and older. Fifteen years ago, it was attended by people 30 yrs and older; Ten yrs ago, 35 yrs and older. Today, many single adult ministries are attended by single adults 40 yrs and older. One thing is for sure: The issue of age is a common challenge in ministry to single adults.
I have found that people BEST relate, and WANT to relate, to people in relatively their own age group. Although MOST adults over 60 yrs. old want to mix with the 30's, 40s and 50's, MOST of those younger people don't necessarily want to mix with them....especially the 30's and early 40's (unless there are only a few over 60 coming, then they don't mind).
The question that needs to be answered is really this...Is the ministry drawing as MANY of ALL the ages it could in its present structure? OR, would it draw MORE of ALL ages if it were structured differently?
Another point...I think the people to ask are the two age groups... The 30's - 50's, and the 60 and older.
A compromise...Usually the 60 + would NOT WANT to meet separately, however. It is probably best to have separate, regular, ongoing groups for the 35 yrs and older, and the 60 yrs and older, if enough of the 60 and older will attend a separate group. Then occasionally, mix both ages.