A stunning fact you may not know: According to U. S. Census data, more than one-fourth of all adults have never been married (27%). Another six percent are widowed and twelve percent divorced or separated.
Most churches minister well to those 56% of adults who are married. But, do we also acknowledge the great value and importance of that “invisible” enormous multitude of unmarried adults?
I interviewed several unmarried Christian friends, and discovered ten tips for loving and ministering to single adults who are members or guests at church.
- See each single adult as a valued individual, ready to meet God and serve Him, with or without a boyfriend or girlfriend, fiancé, spouse or three kids in tow.
- Train greeters at church. Comments such as “Are you here alone?” or “Is it just you?” may indicate that he or she is incomplete.
- Acknowledge single adults as full-fledged members, not just as sideline people. Plug them into leadership and ministry roles to fit their spiritual gifts. Encourage them to serve on important church committees, projects, and men or women’s ministry teams.
- Involve singles in small groups. Many singles enjoy a small group with similar marital status and life…