After several years of serving on various single’s ministry leadership teams as well as starting my own, God called me to help others do the same.
Specifically to help reach the church, the pastors and staff; to educate and provide resources so that ALL churches would know how to reach singles.
Well this is because you either are not defining singles correctly or simply have not looked at your membership demographics (or the demographics of your area).
In most large cities in the US, single adults are out numbering the married’s.
Use the age range sliders to get it to an area that’s meaningful to you, I’ve started it off at 20-34. The only outpost with an excess of single women in San Francisco is Pacific Heights, although if you believed Wikipedia’s list of Notable Residents it’d be 80% male (cough).
SF’s Chinatown, which the racial dot map and Wikipedia point to as to the upper right of the word “San Francisco,” is actually far more gender-neutral than similar immigrant communities we found in NYC. Right over the bay, Oakland mixes it up a bit while Berkeley is a nice little gender melting pot.
Jonathan Soma is a Brooklyn based data wrangler who teaches everything from Thai cooking to the Loch Ness monster at the Brooklyn Brainery and runs a data code narrative program at Columbia’s Journalism School.
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You may find out you have a lot of single mom’s or widows.
Depending on what you have the most of could determine whom you try and reach and how to minister to them.
I know this might be a shock to you considering the churches numbers do not reflect this.
This is because we are not doing what is needed to reach them.
While there are several large churches that have a singles pastor or director and are doing a great job in reaching and growing single adults, most churches do not.