What are some of the personal trends affecting Single Adult Ministry today?

Question: What are some of the personal trends affecting Single Adult Ministry today?
Answer: It’s important to understand trends because they can affect the direction of ministry.

 Personal Trends Affecting Single Adult Ministry

  • Single adults want to be/are involved in other areas of the church: (children’s ministries, music ministry, front door ministries etc).
  • The healthier single adults are, the less they need/want a SAM. That’s not to say they don’t want friendships with other single adults, but they aren’t necessarily looking to a single adult ministry to find friends.
  • Single adults continue to try to be heard in the church, but still feel few married leaders understand singleness and its challenges.
  • Single adults are waiting longer to marry. The median age of first marriage for men is 27.8, for women 26.5. Marriage losing its luster, and some do not marry due to fear of divorce (USA Today, 2005).
  • Co-habitation is growing at a fast pace. In 2009, 7.5 million U. S. couples were living together outside of marriage, a 13% increase in 1 year.
  • Single adults aren’t looking to get involved in a SAM only, but want to be involved in ministry groups that include everyone.
  • Single adults continue to experience substantial financial struggles. They need biblical financial teaching along with opportunities to give and receive assistance.
  • Never –married issues are becoming more pronounced. Women wanting to have children, potential life without a companion of the opposite sex, parents wanting grandchildren, women considering other means for having a child are some of these issues.
  • Women dating younger men without any stigma. Almost 1/3 of unmarried women ages 40-60 who date are going out with younger men (Kansas City Star, 9/29/03).
  • Single - again adults remarrying and contributing to a continued growth of and prominence of stepfamily and blended family struggles/issues.
  • Growing poverty of single – again women and single parents.
  • Children increasingly being raised by a single parent. 60% of all children born in the mid 1990’s and later will spend a significant amount of their childhood in a father-absent household. (Wade F. Horn, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative, Gaithersburg, Md).

The purpose of Assemblies of God Single Adult Ministries is to help districts, churches, pastors and leaders build spiritually-strong single and single-again adults of all ages.

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