Quotes of Author: Dick-purnell
Ten Reasons Why Single Adults Are Turned Off by the Church: 10. Frivolous jokes degrade the single lifestyle. 9. Church leadership is mainly interested in the interests and needs of married people. 8. Budgeted funds for single ministry are usually inadequate or nonexistent. 7. Singles feel the church neglects them. 6. There is a perception that single adults are morally loose. 5. Marriage is portrayed as normal for everyone. 4. The emphasis on “family church” really means couples and kids. 3. All singles are lumped into the same category as “unmarried.” 2. Divorced personas feel rejected. 1. Singles often feel left out.
Reference: Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood, ed. Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey, Crossway, 2002, p. 101-108.
Fifteen Ways for Leaders to Develop a “Single Friendly” Church: 1. Emphasize the family of God church. 2. Ask God to open your heart to reach singles for Christ. 3. Institute an annual Single’s Day. 4. Preach one sermon a year especially directed toward single adults. 5. Plan special things for single parents. 6. Speak to the singles Sunday school class or evening meeting. 7. Develop and train single adults to be leaders in the ministry. 8. Discourage jokes about single adults needing to get married. 9. Incorporate sermon illustrations that apply to single adults. 10. Encourage singles to get involved in every area of your church. 11. Publish a list of ministry opportunities that single adults especially could fill. 12. Present sermon topics and Sunday school class subjects that attract single adults. 13. Give sermons on building a marriage before you get married. 14. Highlight single adults in the Bible. 15. Contact brainstorming sessions with single adults on how to develop a powerful ministry to singles in your area.
Reference: Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood, ed. Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey, Crossway, 2002, p. 109-116.