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One of the biggest mistakes the church makes is treating singles as one homogeneous group.
From a distance the singles ministry seems fun and exciting, but it's real life and the needs are sometimes messy.
Decide what you want your group's primary focus to be.
We chose to focus on becoming servants, which lends itself to healing the brokenhearted and wounded souls. Look for God's answers and report them to the team.11.
I was in a non-denominational Bible study and had an opportunity to visit several church singles ministries with friends. Do you want to minister to the needs of never-married singles, divorced singles, widowed singles, single parents, etc.? I've noticed that singles want to know they're loved and that they matter.
Once you've determined your target and vision, meet with your senior pastor to make sure it lines up with the church's overall vision. Find people to serve in leadership roles whose vision lines up with vision for the ministry. There's so much work to be done that one person trying to do it all will become frustrated and exhausted (trust me, I've been there time and time again). The leadership in our ministry is responsible for calling each member between our meetings.
The leadership team should spend much time in prayer—both individually and together—before launching the ministry.
I've learned several lessons from these experiences:1) Pray and plan.
Understand exactly what needs you're trying to meet.
Figure out if you want the focus to be meeting spiritual needs, emotional needs, or social needs and make that the emphasis.
Seven months later, it's a thriving ministry of faithful, loving brothers and sisters in Christ. Besides lots of prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, two things stand out to me: commitment to service and community.
Any ministry within the church can be a place where people are served or a place where people become servants.We use these responses to plan activities, events, and outings. Everyone now has vested interest in the goals of the group.— Altesa Stay in contact with your group. E-mail newsletters are the most effective way of communicating with your regular attenders. They bring a healthy perspective and balance to our lives. This keeps everyone balanced and growing and spiritually healthy. For singles to grow and belong, they must involve and enfold themselves with the whole body of believers. Make sure singles events are consistently in the church's newsletter, calendar, and bulletin because 70-year-old Millie is looking for a way to get her 26-year-old grandson to church. There are no perfect people, singles ministries, or churches. After three months of movie nights, a couple of the women asked me where "our" class was. So in January of 2004, we started a Sunday school class with eight people and an agenda of prayer requests, a lesson/topic, and some discussion time.