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Including single adults

 

I have pastored two churches in college communities. Both churches had a significant number of college students. Most of these were single.

But not all of our singles were college students. There were older singles, as well as single-again people who were divorced and widowed.

It was my joy as a pastor to have ministries for single adults and to involve many of them in various areas of ministry in the church. They contributed greatly to the life of the church and to our involvement in the larger community. Singles were a great wealth of talent, ability and energy that could be tapped to bless the church and community. I also found they were one of the groups most likely to be interested in evangelism.

Because many of the single adults were students away from home, we frequently had them in our home and encouraged other church families to do the same. We especially tried to be sure that everyone had a place to go on holidays and special days if they were unable to go home.

While not every church has a college nearby, nearly every church is in proximity to lots of single adults.

Every church needs to minister to single adults, and church families need to look for ways to include them in activities — or just give them a place to go where they can be around a family.

And every church needs a proactive plan to involve single adults in ministry. They can participate in virtually every aspect of ministry.

Our churches rightly emphasize the family. But sometimes, in doing so, we exclude singles. I encourage you to be aware of the single adults in your congregation and not let them be left out. Involve them in ministry and the life of the church and church families. The whole church will profit.

Ken Horn

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