By Dennis Franck
Answer: The single adult who is not yet married is usually a young adult in the 20s or early 30s, but may be an adult in the 40’s or even older. Older unmarried adults are becoming more common. There are currently about 52 million adults in the U. S. that have never married.  The median age of marriage has increased significantly since 1970 to 27.1 for men and 26.0 for women. Some are choosing to remain single longer to establish a career, finish a degree, purchase major life items, or pursue other goals. Some have not found their life’s partner and are still waiting.
Waiting to marry, or not marring at all in today’s culture does not seem to carry the stigma it did thirty years ago. Society seems to accept singleness better than the Church, though. Thankfully, however, questions that used to be commonly vocalized in the church are not usually articulated, and mostly (hopefully), remain as thoughts and questions in people’s minds. (Aren’t you a little too picky?... Do you plan to remain single for the rest of your life?... Why do you let all the good ones get away?... Do you have something against marriage?... When are you going to settle down?... Are you gay?)
There are many important characteristics and traits of young adults in their 20s and 30s which influence a ministry targeted towards them. These include:
Important Values to the Young Adult
A church wanting to develop ministry to/with young adults needs to understand values that are important to them: