Recently I was on the phone with Christian Happenings. I had put the Navigate Retreat on their calendar. Of course, within minutes they called me trying to solicit additional business including selling tickets for me. I proceeded to tell her how singles ministry as a whole doesn't have a large enough event out there to require tickets sold by an agency. She then ask me why? Of course, I told her my 2 cent worth. I shared with her about the old days of huge conferences, magazines and resources for leadership, large retreats and concerts and how they were all pretty much gone. That yes, there are a few spots here and there bringing in numbers over a hundred. I also told her about social media, dating sites, the mega church, small groups (deleting Sunday school) and their affect on singles ministry. And of course the lost of singles pastors or the added responsibilities.
So, what is in the future for singles ministry? Well, until God tells me to stop, I am going to keep doing what he wants me to do. I am going to keep reaching the singles, growing the leaders and encouraging the pastors. I know our country is growing every day in the singles population. Maybe some of the old ways don't work anymore. Maybe God wants us to try some new ways. Remember, its not the message that has change but the methods.
I would love to hear from you. How have your methods had to change to meet the challenges of reaching today's single.
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” -
2 Thessalonians 1:3
Thanks to each of you who are committed in praying for this ministry. Please know I need each of you.