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Churches urged to honor single adults

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 - 2:57 PM CST

Dennis Franck

Every year the Assemblies of God sets aside the first Sunday in November to honor single adults for their ministry. According to AG national Single Adult Ministries ( Director Dennis Franck, many churches have single adults ministering in most areas of the church, including nursery, preschool, elementary, youth, choir, ushers, greeters and worship groups.

Franck points out many of the people God used in the Bible were single or widowed, including John the Baptist, Ezekiel, Naomi, Jeremiah, Paul and Jesus.

"Marriage was not a requirement for effective ministry in the Old or New Testament," Franck says. He notes the apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 7:26-35 for ministry reasons it is actually better to be single than married because of greater flexibility of time and resources.

Currently 44 percent of all U.S. adults age 18 and older (99 million) are single or single again, and 61 million have never been married, according to the 2010 Census. U.S. unmarried households now equal the number of married households.

"With demographics like these, we need to continue to reach, teach and utilize single adults," Franck says. "The singles population is too large to ignore, and their abilities and talents are too valuable to waste."

Author: Pentecostal Evangel

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