Why Singles Ministry?
Having a dedicated ministry for single adults communicates that we value not only this season of life, but also those who are in it. There are more single adults in the U.S. than ever before, and we believe God has a purpose for them right where they are. Singleness into adulthood, not to mention single parenthood or singleness after divorce or loss, is a unique life stage with many complex needs. As such, we want single adults to know we see them, we understand their unique needs, and they are welcome and celebrated in our church.
Is your programming targeted toward dating and relationships?
We program toward the goals of spiritual development, life-giving community, and regular service. Occasionally, this includes content related to dating and relationships, but not exclusively. We believe healthy relationships are only possible when single adults are healthy in various areas of their lives, so we program with the whole person in mind, rather than just his or her relationship status.
How do you attract singles to your church?
We have found that single adults want to be where their people are! Simply having a Singles Ministry draws many participants, both those that are unchurched and those that are engaged in other local churches. In addition, we encourage people in our ministry to invite their friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Finally, we do strategic outreach through marketing campaigns.
What ages are included in your ministry?
Our Singles Ministry is for adults of all ages and stages. We classify “adults” as starting at age 22 (we have a dedicated ministry for college students that is separate from Singles). Across all of our environments, about one-third of participants are in their 20s, one-third are in their 30s, and one-third are in their 40s and above. We offer two environments for all ages combined (Singles Series and Singles Events) and one environment that is broken into 10- to 15-year age ranges (Singles Gatherings).
Is childcare provided?
No. All Singles Ministry events and environments are for adults only. Childcare is not provided; however, Singles Gatherings qualify for childcare reimbursement.
What is your "win" for Singles Ministry?
For many of our participants, Singles Ministry is the first point of contact with our churches. We want to be a ministry that is sensitive to unbelievers and new believers, that honors and respects participants as adults, and that pushes them toward God’s best for their lives. We hope everyone who comes through our ministry encounters Jesus, meets a great community of like-minded friends, and finds meaning and purpose in this season through service.