Why are more single adults 60 yrs. and older identifying with a SINGLE adult ministry instead of a SENIOR adult ministry?

This is an interesting issue. There are several reasons single adults 60 and older would rather be a part of a single adult ministry than a senior adult ministry.

1. People like to associate with others in their same age group. We have more in common with those of our approximate age than those 15- 20 years older or younger.

2. It is said that "Today's 60 is yesterday's 50." I think there is some truth to this! People are taking better care of themselves physically and intellectually today than 30 years ago.

3. People are living longer. The lifespan of women and men has risen in the last 30-40 years.

4. The word "senior" has a stigma associated with it. Single adults in their 60's perceive a "senior adult ministry" to be for adults in their 70's, 80's and 90's who have walkers and canes. There is a connotation of being elderly, and age is not necessarily revered or admired in our culture today.

5. The word "senior" is being replaced. Words replacing it now are "Mature, Prime - Time, Second Half," etc.

6. The younger age of single adult ministry has also increased.

Probably 80% or more of adults in a single adult ministry during the years of              

  • 1975 - 1985 were ages 25-50
  • 1986 - 1995 were ages 30-55
  • 1996  - 2005 were ages 35-60
  • 2006 - 2014  are  ages 40-65  

It's clear the bottom and top ages of single adults attending a group have risen about 15 years over the last 35 years.

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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