Ministering to the Unmarried at Home and Abroad by C. Darnell
(Link): Ministering to the Unmarried at Home and Abroad by C. Darnell
- March 8, 2016
- For Kim Jackson, staying single into her 50s wasn’t a “big holy decision.” She dated through her 20s, but never met the right person.
- “I had some pressure from friends and family for quite a while—now I’m so old, I guess they gave up,” said Jackson, now 58.
- The percentage of unmarried adults in America has been growing since the 1970s. Today, almost half of U.S. adults are either divorced, widowed, or never married. But much church activity revolves around couples and families.
- Jackson doesn’t begrudge the church its focus on families, but more could be done to make singles feel comfortable, she said. Sunday school class names like “Pairs and Spares” or “Fish Out of Water” make singles feel like they don’t have a place in the church.
- “And maybe they’re trying to be cute, but I don’t know that people who are unmarried need to be in a separate category,” Jackson said. “I think we’re the body of Christ, and I have amazing married friends. I have amazing unmarried friends. I have friends [from] all walks of life. I don’t really want to be put into category of ‘unmarried.’”
- Jackson [has been involved for several decades in ministry; lately she assists homeless elderly people]
- ….“There are a gazillion ministries for children, and there should be a gazillion more. However, if you Google ‘missions to the elderly,’ you can actually get to the bottom of the list,” Jackson noted.