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Title: TRENDS AFFECTING SINGLE ADULT/YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY


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TRENDS AFFECTING SINGLE ADULT/YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
A LOOK AT RECENT TRENDS AFFECTING 21st CENTURY
ADULTS Dennis Franck, Director Single
Adult/Young Adult Ministries Assemblies of God
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IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING TRENDS
  • Times change SAM/YAM evolving
  • -Ministry more complex than 25 years ago
  • -SAM/YAM still new in many areas
  • Determine potential need
  • Determine potential directions in ministry

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TRENDS MAY VARY
  • Area of the country-cultural differences
  • Degree of development of SAM/YAM
  • Leadership understanding and ministry styles

4
TRENDS IN FOUR AREAS
  • Some trends overlap into two or three areas
  • Societal-Demographics/Numbers/Changes
  • Personal-Attitudes/perspectives/lifestyles OF
    single adults
  • Leadership-Attitudes/perspectives TOWARDS
    single adults
  • Ministry-Attitudes/perspectives/programs
    TO/WITH single adults

5
4 Reasons for Single Adult/Young Adult Ministries
  • Demographics demonstrate it
  • Peoples lives motivate it
  • Peoples ministry potential validates it
  • Jesus life authenticates it

6
VALID REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT
MINISTRY!
  • Demographics demonstrate it!
  • 44 of U.S. adults are single or single
    again(18)
  • Why do most churches have a lower percentage?
  • Why are we not retaining them?

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44 U.S. ADULTS NOT MARRIED (AGE 18)
Never married 61.5 M 26.9 Divorced 23.7
M 10.4 Widowed 14.3 M 6.3 99.5 M
43.6 Separated 5.5 M 2.4 Source
U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey,
2010 Social Economic Supplement                
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UNMARRIED HOUSEHOLDS MARRIED HOUSEHOLDS
  • Married households 2005 2010
  • 55.2 million49.8 percent 51.0 percent
  • Unmarried households
  • 55.8 million 50.2 percent 49.0 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
  • http//news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061015/ts_alt_afp/af
    plifestyleusscociety_061015170214

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Median Age at First Marriage
Men Women 2004 27.8
26.5 1990 26.1 23.9 1980 24.7
22.0 1970 23.2 20.8 1960 22.8
20.3 USA Today-July 18, 2005, 6 D-taken from the
2004 census bureau demographics
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THE FACE OF THE FAMILY HAS CHANGED! Nuclear Family
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Single - Parent Family
Step/Blended - Parent Family
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Single - Parent Families
  • S P households - 27. 3 of households with
    children under 18
  • 1 in 2 children born mid 90s or later will live
    in a
  • single parent family
  • 24 million children live in a home absent their
    father
  • 40 of children born to unmarried parents(39
    in 2008)
  • http//abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/stor
    y?id7575268page1
  • 43 of teens do not live with both natural
    parents
  • Nuclear families (both original parents) - 24 of
    all families
  • --Goter, Susan, Strategic Adult
    Ministry Journal, Issue 146, 12, 13
    --Horn, Wade F., President of the
    National Fatherhood Initiative, Gaithersburg, Md
  • --SAM Journal, Issue 144, p 7 and
    Issue 146, p 13

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Divorce/Step/Blended Families
  • 8 YEARS Average duration of 1st marriage ending
    in divorce
  • 6 YEARS Average duration of 2nd marriage ending
    in divorce
  • --American Blended Family Association
  • --http//www.usabfa.org/Default.aspx?pa
    geId188238
  • 23 M blended family/step-family households in U.
    S.
  • 2,100 new blended families formed daily in U. S.
  • 68 of blended family re-marriages fail within 6
    years

  • --Family Barna
    Research Online

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  • 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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VALID REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT
MINISTRY!
  • Peoples lives motivate it!
  • Many needs/issues of young adults/single adults
    not addressed from a biblical and unmarried
    perspective.
  • Where are they getting their information if not
    from the church?

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UNIQUE INTERESTS/NEEDS OF SINGLE ADULTS WHERE IN
THE CHURCH ARE THESE ADDRESSED?
  • Rearing kids alone
  • Shared parenting
  • Relating to my former spouse
  • Sexuality and Singleness
  • Financial issues as a single
  • Peer Friendships
  • Learning to forgive my ex
  • Accepting Singleness
  • Dating/dating again
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Healthy step-parenting
  • Grief Recovery
  • Learning to trust again
  • Loneliness
  • Singleness in a family-oriented church
  • Career choice as a single
  • Pre-Marital education
  • Re-Marital education
  • Blending families
  • Relating to married adults as a single adult
  • Adjusting to Widowhood

17
VALID REASONS FOR SINGLE ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT
MINISTRY!
  • Peoples ministry potential validates it!
  • Consider spiritual and personal impact of
    millions of young adults and single adults
    radical for Christ!
  • Jesus life authenticates it!
  • The greatest, influential single adult who ever
    lived!
  • Teach/train young adults/single adults to live
    and minister like Him!

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THE CHURCH MUST BROADEN ITS FOCUS TO INCLUDE NEW
DEFINITIONS OF FAMILY
  • NUCLEAR
  • An original husband and wife living together and
    rearing their biological children
  • SINGLE-PARENT FAMILY
  • A never married, divorced, or widowed parent
    with their, or someone elses children
  • STEP-PARENT FAMILY
  • A parent rearing his/her own biological children
    and marrying (hopefully) and living with another
    adult
  • SINGLE ADULT FAMILY
  • Two or more adults of either gender, living
    together

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New definitions of family
  • BLENDED FAMILY
  • Two adults and their own biological children
    from at least two previous families marrying
    (hopefully) and living together
  • GRANDPARENT FAMILY
  • One or more grandparents rearing their
    childrens children
  • EXPANDED FAMILY
  • Any of these family types taking in a child from
    the court and rearing it for a temporary period
    of time
  • SEPARATED FAMILY
  • One parent who is separated, but not legally
    divorced from his/her spouse, and is now rearing
    his/her own biological children

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New definitions of family
  • HOMOSEXUAL PARENT(S)/PARTNER(S) FAMILY
  • Two adults, one or both living in the homosexual
    lifestyle and rearing children (whether
    biological, adopted, step, foster ,in some
    states, or from artificial insemination)
  • HOMOSEXUAL/HETEROSEXUAL FAMILY
  • These adults stay married because they
    emotionally love each other and may have
    children from the same sources as family number
    9. This family is more likely to occur in
    conservative churches where the spouse would be
    economically harmed by coming out.

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • Growing awareness - aging of single adults
  • 55 yr Groups
  • 13.5 M Widowed
  • Realization I may never marry/remarry
  • Growing poverty of single-again women
  • 60 Single-parent-females below poverty level
  • After divorce Male- Income usually increases
  • Female- Income usually decreases

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • C. Growing/Continuing bias in fundamentalist
    circles toward unmarried adults
  • Churches desiring married staff still norm
  • I Cor. 7 32-37-An unmarried person does not have
    the responsibility and anxiety of caring for a
    spouse!
  • Singleness better for ministry
  • Assumption that marriage is always best
  • Evangelical Church in U. S. - Marriage and
    family-focused
  • Not understanding/empathetic of older unmarried
    person

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COHABITATION-U. S.
  • 2007 - 6.2 million unmarried-partner households
  • 5.5 million of the opposite sex.
    www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guid
    e/index.htm
  • Nearly half of 25 - 40 yr. olds have cohabitate
  • 21 of all unmarried-partner households include
    children
  • Step Family Association of America
  • No Marriage, No Ring, No Problem
    www.singles.ag.org - single living/personal
    issues

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Reasons Given for Cohabitation
  • Anti-marriage sentiments -Lack of stigma
  • Avoidance -Pressure from partner
  • Companionship -Providing a parent
  • Convenience -Romance Rebellion/Independence
    -Sex
  • Conformity to social pressure -Various
    rationalizations
  • Compatibility discovery
  • Economics
  • Expectations for marriage
  • Escape
  • Fear of commitment
  • Fear of rejection
  • Lack of understanding real love

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • Never-married issues becoming more pronounced
  • Potential life without companion
  • Single adults parental desires
  • Considering adoption
  • Considering artificial insemination
  • Considering invitro
  • Parental Expectations/marriage hopes
  • Parents wanting grandchildren

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • G. Step-family issues more prominent/pronounced
  • Different discipline styles and practices
  • Different spiritual values and practices
  • Different financial values and practices
  • Different recreational values and practices
  • Different communication values and practices
  • Relationships between children can be an issue
  • www.blendingfamily.com

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • H. Consumer oriented selfishness
  • Intolerance /Choices concerning
  • Worship styles
  • Priority of ministries
  • Counseling issues
  • Beliefs and practices
  • Teaching/preaching styles
  • Church doctrines

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • I. Continued de-emphasis of denominational
    labels
  • Lack of loyalty to a denomination
  • Lack of loyalty to a church
  • Indifference concerning affiliation of church
  • Desire to be part of a non-denominational church

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PERSONAL TRENDS
  • J. Women dating younger men no stigma
  • Survey - almost 1/3 of unmarried women ages 40-60
    who date are going out with younger men
  • Among men, 66 said they were dating younger
    women
  • Top reason for dating was fun/companionship
  • Only 10 of men and 7 of women listed marriage
    as No. 1 goal different mindset from the past
  • The Kansas City Star, 9/29/03, page A3

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LEADERSHIP TRENDS
  • Credibility issues of leaders
  • Desiring competence/skill
  • Desiring spiritual maturity
  • Desiring vulnerability and transparency
  • B. Crucial need to cast vision
  • Need and desire of SAM group for it
  • Responsibility of leader and leadership team
  • C. Move from official leadership to gifted
    leadership
  • Hiring from within the church
  • Greater desire for passion than
    training/education
  • Obtaining education while on the job

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LEADERSHIP TRENDS
  • D. Churches currently not making SA ministry a
    priority
  • Wave of SAM between 1980-1995
  • Still growing numbers of single adults
  • Some S A integrating into the Church (talent,
    time)
  • Some S A dont want a SAM
  • Still a stigma to SAM
  • Different priorities of lead pastors
  • Some S A finding ministries in other churches

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Leadership Trends
  • E. Mid and large churches making YA ministry a
    priority
  • -Realizing loss of adults 18-30 yrs old
  • Post high school
  • Post college
  • Not connecting to the larger body
  • Establishing innovative ministries
  • Need help with transitional issues of life

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Dealing With Quarter-Life Crisis Issues (18-28
yrs)
  • Establishing independence from parents
  • Career decisions
  • Continue education
  • Learning to manage finances
  • Housing concerns
  • Dealing with singleness issues
  • Establishing healthy relationships-males/females
  • Marriage concerns
  • Desires to have children
  • Making decisions away from mom/dad

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Leadership Trends
  • F. Need for/development of leadership training
    realized
  • Leaders realizing need for training
  • People wanting training
  • Continual need for reproducing leaders
  • Lay/volunteer leaders doing the training

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MINISTRY TRENDS
  • Stabilizing of specific SAM/YAM groups
  • Age groups
  • Need groups
  • B. Divorce Recovery held outside the church
  • Apartment common rooms
  • Hotel meeting rooms
  • Neutral locations-YMCA-Service clubs-Bank rooms
  • Outreach focussed
  • C. Teaching on spiritual and personal issues
  • Need for both

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MINISTRY TRENDS
  • D. Single adults setting the pace for short-term
    missions trips and events
  • 1-2 week trips
  • 312 month trips
  • Evangelism, Construction, Medical, Children,
    Youth, Adult ministry
  • E. Establishing small group experiences out of
    the larger group

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MINISTRY TRENDS
  • F. Growing understanding of need for young adult
    ministry (18-35 yrs)
  • Busters - Born 65 -79
  • Millennials - Born 79 -94
  • Gen Z Born 95 -
  • G. Challenge of transitioning young adults to
    single adult ministry
  • H. SAM/YAM still new in some areas of the country

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