MINISTRY TO SINGLES (1984)

WHEREAS nearly one of every two adults in the United States of America is single; and

WHEREAS six of every ten children born in the 1980’s will spend part of their childhood in a single-parent home; and

WHEREAS more than 50 percent of commercial advertising is geared to the singles market; and

WHEREAS these statistics are continually on the increase as the result of lengthened lifespan, marriage mortality and marriage postponement; and

WHEREAS all these statistics represent human beings with eternal souls who are potential members of the household of God; and

WHEREAS the Bible teaches forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration; and

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of the local church to provide opportunities for the single person to be involved in fellowship and ministry;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Church of God recognizes the need of specific and special ministries for single adults; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the church responds to the har-vest opportunities provided by the Holy Spirit in the lives of individuals in single-parent households by providing a fellowship of love, acceptance, and healing; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT loving security and a sense of belonging be provided to the children of the divorced and the deceased; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT singles be an accepted and contributing part of the total church fellowship and ministry; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a positive and loving climate be provided so that single Christians can discover and fulfill their potential (60th A., 1984, p. 58).

- Family Life Commission

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