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"Three places I have seen the church do a good job at reaching singles is college campus ministry, young church plants with young pastors and some mega-churches." Keeler also talked about Mc Lean Bible's Citywide, which was launched last October via an outreach strategy wherein it "intentionally meets outside of the church in popular young adult venues." "Citywide's desire is to gather young adults across Metro DC and call them to use their life to the glory of God," added Keeler.
"We have about 600-700 young adults who have come to our quarterly Citywide events but our reach to young adults at MBC as a whole is between 2000.
"I believe the church is starting to do a better job reaching out to singles because of the realization that healthy singles lead to healthier marriages, families and communities," said Agyekum. " Agyekum advised that congregations looking to create a singles ministry "should also align with other successful ministries in order to glean from their best practices." "Finally churches should identify strong stakeholders that will champion and promote the ministry," continued Agyekum.
To build a strong singles ministry, Agyekum told CP that churches should look at "how to develop relatable programming that will meet singles where they are and guide them to where they desire to be as it aligns with the word of God." "When starting a singles ministry churches should first consider the needs of the particular demographic of their unique singles population," said Agyekum. For instance, are they young adults matriculating into the working world searching for their identity? While believing that not every church needed a singles ministry, Swiatocho of The Singles Network Ministries told CP that congregations need to reach out and give singles participation in church life.
The head of a North Carolina-based organization that aids ministries for singles has said that too many churches consider the unmarried to be "invisible." Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, told The Christian Post that "for most churches single adults are invisible.
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs.
someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave." Swiatocho also told CP that there are multiple factors leading to this state of invisibility, including competition from other ministries, a lack of funds, "high turnover" for members, and a lack of demand from many congregations.