Over the past year we have seen a huge decline in singles ministry in our country. Pastors are being let go or ask to take on multiple responsibilities including singles. At the same time, we have seen a huge increase in young adult ministry (which is sometimes merged with young married adults). Churches have realized that this audience was missing in their churches. The "movie theater--seeker church" has quickly taken all of our young adults from our traditional churches. As a result, the traditional church has been seeking answers on how to bring them back. They have even gone to the extent of hiring young adult pastors to reach them.
So what is this saying about ministry to those not married. YOUNG ADULTS: In some cases, I see a good trend. I see churches acknowledging we have forgotten this age group. However, I am still seeing a lack of building young adults in Christ. They are providing better music, better facilities, small groups, etc...but are they providing what they need to learn how to be content in Christ, friendships, marriage preparation, finances, etc... SINGLE ADULTS: I see a bad trend. The church is simply giving up on the 30 plus single adult. From comments made of lack of commitment to fear of meat markets (dating issues) to high turn-over, singles are something the church wants to get away from. It's just seems to be too hard to minister to them.
So what can we do? What can you do? Be the voice in the wilderness to your pastors and leaders. Do what you can to help versus complain. Pray about your part on how you can help. Whether its a teacher, a director, a pastor, or a leader. Perhaps you can support a ministry with prayer, financial or resources. Don't let our singles ministries die. Over 50% of our country in not married. The churches can't continue to be blind or say its too hard and give up. Would Christ had given up? Also, don't let our young adult ministries grow in the flesh. Encourage the church to teach them, disciple and empower them as the next generation.
Yes, ministry to young and single adults is hard. But ministry is hard. Christ never promised this life of following Him would be easy. He just promised He would be with us through it.
A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Kris Swiatocho, Director
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