Thursday, August 3, 2017

Churches must improve treatment of singles or risk losing them, author says

From Baptist News-

It’s high time churches wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to the single adults in their pews – and for the even bigger number of singles who aren’t there.

That’s a message Gina Dalfonzo, author of the 2017 book One by One: Welcoming the Singles in Your Church, is busily and urgently sharing with media outlets, pastors, laypeople and anyone else who will listen.

Just look at the numbers provided in recent surveys, she says. The Pew Research Center found that the number of married Americans is at its lowest point — about 50 percent — since 1920. Meanwhile the Barna Group reported that 23 percent of active churchgoers are single.

Yet, church-going singles consistently report feeling like second-class citizens in their own sanctuaries.

“The question is what are churches going to do about that?” said Dalfonzo, editor of BreakPoint, a project of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

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