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Single Adult/Young Adult Ministries A Quick Look At... The myths!... The people!... The needs!... The response!...

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MYTHS CONCERNING SINGLENESS EXPLORING WHAT YOU THINK AND BELIEVE Dennis Franck A/G Single Adult Ministries

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MYTHS/WHAT DO YOU THINK? Everybody SHOULD GET MARRIED! SOMETHING\'S WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHO AREN\'T MARRIED! SINGLE ADULTS HAVE FEWER PROBLEMS THAN MARRIED ADULTS! SINGLE ADULTS ARE LOSERS! SINGLE ADULTS ARE LONELY! SINGLE ADULTS ARE RICH! SINGLE ADULTS ARE "ON THE PROWL!" CHRISTIANS MUST REJECT CRUEL MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES ABOUT SINGLE ADULTS!

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THE PEOPLE SINGLENESS IN THE U. S. Perceiving AND UNDERSTANDING THE DEMOGRAPHICS

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44 % OF ADULTS ARE SINGLE (AGE 18+) Never married 48.0 M 26.0% Divorced 20.5 M 11.0% Widowed 13.5 M 7.0% 82.0 M 44.0% Separated 7.2 M 3.6% Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 130, page 7

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Growth of Single-Person Households 1900… … ..5% of all families 1960… … .13% of all family units 2000… … .26% of all family units Does not in any case include: Single grown-ups sharing a flat/home Single grown-ups living in rest homes/other Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 4

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Growth of Single-Person Households Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 124, page 4

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COHABITATION Nearly 50% of 25-40 yr. olds have cohabitated -The National Marriage Project-Rutgers University 21 % of all unmarried-couple families incorporate youngsters –Step Family Association of America 71% expansion in unmarried-accomplice families from 1990-2000 5.5 million… 5% in 2000-3% in 1990 - Census Bureau 2000-Springfield News Leader 5/15/2000

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Median Age at First Marriage Men Women 2000 26.8 25.4 1980 24.7 22.0 1970 23.2 20.8 1960 22.8 20.3 U. S. Enumeration Bureau, Internet-Jan. 2000

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Increasing % of Single Parents Percentage of all family sorts in the U.S. 1970 13.0% 1980 22.0% 1990 28.0% 2000 36.0% Single Adult Ministry Journal-Issue 113, page 1-Gary Sprague-Director, Kids Hope

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INCREASING # OF DIVORCED # Adults 1960… … .3,920,000 1970… … .4,284,000 1980… … .9,896,000 1990… … 15,128,000 2000… … 20,200,000 Total general increment since 1960 - 500% U. S. Registration Bureau, Internet-Jan. 2001

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Domino Effect of Divorce The possibility of separation increments with each extra separation/remarriage: 41% of first relational unions end in separation 60% of second relational unions end in separation 73% of third relational unions end in separation Marriage and Divorce Today-1988, page 1

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THE CHURCH MUST MINISTER TO NEW DEFINITIONS OF "FAMILY" NUCLEAR FAMILY SINGLE-PARENT FAMILY STEP-PARENT FAMILY SINGLE ADULT FAMILY BLENDED FAMILY SEPARATED FAMILY EXPANDED FAMILY GRANDPARENT FAMILY HOMOSEXUAL/HETEROSEXUAL FAMILY HOMOSEXUAL PARTNER(S)/PARENT(S) FAMILY

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A SURVEY OF SINGLENESS SINGLE OR SINGLE-AGAIN… ALL AGES… 18-98 YRS. UNMARRIED (18 yrs and more seasoned) FORMERLY MARRIED WIDOWED SINGLE PARENT

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A SURVEY OF SINGLENESS MARRIED NOW BUT WERE SINGLE-AGAIN DUE TO… DEATH OF A MARRIAGE DEATH OF A SPOUSE

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A SURVEY OF SINGLENESS HAVE A RELATIVE WHO IS… NOT MARRIED WIDOWED DIVORCED SINGLE PARENT SEPARATED

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MARRIED & SINGLE ADULTS HAVE THE SAME SPIRITUAL NEEDS SALVATION BAPTISM DISCIPLESHIP OBEDIENCE PRAYER LIFE COMMITMENT BIBLE TEACHING SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Rearing children alone Shared child rearing Relating to my previous life partner Sexuality and singleness Money administration Peer Friendships Learning to excuse my ex Accepting Singleness Dating/dating again Divorce Recovery Living with mother/father Understanding feelings Grief Recovery Dealing with changes Learning to trust again Loneliness Humility Building a personality Singleness in a marriage & family-arranged church Career decision Pre-Marital training Re-Marital instruction Blending families Relating to wedded grown-ups Adjusting to Widowhood UNIQUE INTERESTS/NEEDS OF YOUNG ADULTS/SINGLE ADULTS WHERE IN THE CHURCH ARE THESE ADDRESSED?

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BY AGE… 18-25-College-age 20\'s & 30\'s-Young grown-ups 30+Single/single-again adult 55+ "Experienced" single grown-up BY NEED… Single guardians/youngsters Divorce care/Parents & kids Pre school Elementary Jr/Sr High Widowed ESTABLISH CHURCH/AREA MINISTRY GROUPS

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VALID REASONS FOR DEVELOPING… SINGLE ADULT MINISTRIES! What\'s more, YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES!

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REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY! Demographics show it! 44% of U. S grown-ups are single or single again Why do most houses of worship have less? Why are we not holding them? Individuals\' lives persuade it! Numerous necessities and issues of youthful grown-ups/single grown-ups are not being tended to from a scriptural and single grown-up point of view. Where are they getting their data if not from the congregation?

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REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY! Individuals\' service potential approves it! Consider the potential otherworldly effect of a great many youthful grown-ups and single grown-ups who are radical for Christ! Jesus\' life confirms it! He was the best, most compelling single grown-up who ever lived! Design your life after Him!

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PEOPLE WHO CHANGED HISTORY JOSEPH-Fled advances of Potiphar\'s better half LILLIAN TRASHER-Founder of shelter in Egypt CORRIE TEN BOOM-Survivor of concentration camps DIETRICH BONHOFFER-Writer/profound logician GRIMKE SISTERS-First ladies to talk freely against bondage in the south MOTHER THERESA-Great helpful

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PEOPLE WHO CHANGED HISTORY POPE JOHN PAUL II-Catholic otherworldly pioneer HENRIETTA MEARS-Founder of Gospel Light Pub. EVANGELINE BOOTHE-Founder of Salvation Army CLARA BARTON-Founder of the Red Cross APOSTLE PAUL-Greatest teacher/creator JESUS - Savior of the world THEY WERE ALL SINGLE ADULTS!

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THINK ABOUT IT… IN THE BEGINNING… The principal people were made single (Gen. 2:7) IN THE END… We will all be single-again in paradise (Matt. 22:30) IN BETWEEN… God sent a solitary grown-up to spare us (John 1:12)

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THREE SINGLE ADULTS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD! OUR FAITH IS BASED UPON: A Jewish single grown-up from Galilee… Whose service was gone before by a solitary grown-up named John the Baptist… Whose mission push was demonstrated by a solitary grown-up named Paul … -Harold Ivan Smith

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How we can help you! Site www.singles.ag.org Leadership materials and helps Resources-Books, educational programs, recordings, C D roms Upcoming occasions region and local Single-Parent-Family-Ministry Divorce Recovery materials Widowed-care materials Young Adult Ministry materials Single-living issues/materials Finding services and pioneers in your area! Local Conferences National Team-speakers, discussion and so forth "The Source"- national pamphlet for single grown-ups

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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU! NATIONAL TEAM Consultation Encouragement Training Speaking RESOURCES Curriculum Books Videos Speakers

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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU! Organizing WITH OTHER LEADERS In your region Across the country CONSULTATION Phone Email Fax SPEAKING Leadership preparing Conferences/Retreats

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REGIONAL CONFERENCES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF… Young Adults Single Adults FOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN… Young Adult Ministries Single Adult Ministries

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www.youngadults.ag.org

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www.singles.ag.org

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