1. Demographics demonstrate it! 44% of U. S adults are single or single - again Why do most churches have less? Why are we not retaining them?
Never married64.5 M 27.5% Divorced25.0 M 10.6% Widowed14.3 M 6.0% 103.5 M 44.1% Separated 5.5 M 2.4% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2012 Social & Economic Supplement 44 % U.S. ADULTS NOT MARRIED (AGE 18+)
Growth of Single Person Households 1900 5% of all households 196013% of all households 1970 17% of all households 201128% of all households America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012 http://www.census.gov/Press Release/www/releases/archives/familieshouseholds/013378.html
Married households 2005 2010 55.2 million………………49.8 percent51.0 percent Unmarried households 55.8 million …………..…50.2 percent49.0 percent 14 million single women 5 million single men 36. 7 million single, “non family”- friends of same/opposite sex Reported in 10/15/06 Yahoo News, Maxim Kniazkov U.S. CENSUS BUREAU - 2005 American Community Survey CENSUS BUREAU http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061015/ts_alt_afp/afplifestyleusscociety_061015170214
2012 – 7.8 million unmarried-partner households (2000 - 5.5 million) America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012 Over half of all marriages are preceded by cohabitation Half of 25 - 40 yr. olds have cohabitated 21 % of all unmarried-partner households include children – Step Family Association of America
Median Age at First Marriage MenWomen 201128.2 27.0 199026.1 23.9 198024.7 22.0 197023.2 20.8 196022.8 20.3 -2011 census bureau demographics
Divorce/ Divorce/Remarriage 43 percent of first marriages divorce 1 60 percent of remarriages with children divorce 1 65 percent of remarriages with children from a prior marriage divorce 1 65 percent of simple stepfamilies (1 partner with a child) divorce 2 70 percent of complex stepfamilies (both partners have children) divorce 2 1 January 9, 2006, Newsweek, “The ‘Familymoon’” 2 In her book For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered, Dr. Hetherington specifies the divorce rate for step-couples to be “50 percent higher in remarriages with stepchildren” Specifically, then, the divorce rate is 65-70%. (p. 178).
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SINGLE PERSON FAMILY SINGLE PARENT FAMILY STEP PARENT FAMILY BLENDED PARENT FAMILY NUCLEAR FAMILY EXPANDED FAMILY GRANDPARENT FAMILY UNMARRIED PARENT FAMILY HOMOSEXUAL PARENT FAMILY HOMOSEXUAL/HETEROSEXUAL PARENT FAMILY
2. People’s lives motivate it! Many needs/issues of young adults/single adults not addressed from biblical & single adult perspective. Where are they getting their information if not from the church?
Rearing kids alone Shared parenting Relating to my former spouse Sexuality and singleness Money management Peer Friendships Learning to forgive my ex Accepting Singleness Dating/dating again Divorce Recovery Living with mom/dad Understanding emotions Grief recovery Dealing with changes Learning to trust again Loneliness Humility Building an identity Singleness in a marriage & family-oriented church Career choice Pre-Marital education Re-Marital education Blending families Relating to married adults Adjusting to Widowhood
3. People’s ministry potential validates it! Impact of millions of young adults and single adults who are radical for Christ! I COR. 7: 26-28 Paul encourages singleness I Cor. 7: 8, 26-32 - Paul indicates for ministry it is better to be single than married
JOSEPH-Fled advances of Potiphar’s wife LILLIAN TRASHER- Orphanage in Egypt CORRIE TEN BOOM-Survivor of death camps DIETRICH BONHOFFER-Writer/spiritual philosopher GRIMKE SISTERS-First women to speak publicly against slavery in the south MOTHER THERESA-Humanitarian IRENA SENDLER – Polish Catholic social worker – smuggled/rescued 2500 Jewish children
POPE BENEDICT XVI - Leader of the Catholic world HENRIETTA MEARS - Gospel Light Publishing founder EVANGELINE BOOTHE - Daughter of William Booth- helped to begin the Salvation Army CLARA BARTON - Founder of the Red Cross APOSTLE PAUL - Greatest missionary/author JESUS-Savior of the world THEY WERE ALL SINGLE ADULTS!
4. Jesus’ life authenticates it! 33 yr. old never –married adult The greatest, most influential single adult to ever live! Pattern your life after Him!
OUR FAITH IS BASED UPON: A Jewish single adult from Galilee Whose ministry was preceded by a single adult named John the Baptist And whose mission thrust was modeled by a single adult named Paul
Single Creek www.singlecreek.com Drawing Near – John Bevere Love and Respect – Emerson Eggerich Living Pure In An Impure World – (Dennis Franck) Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson Faith Lessons - Ray van der Laan 36 Parables Sermon Spice Nooma (13 minute videos on life)