Seventy million single adults make up the largest minority in the United States--almost 40% of the adult population. With these figures in mind, the need for single adult groups should go without saying. But the need for single adult ministry in our churches is often overlooked. Now, however, Don Davidson provides a thorough, practical guide to single adult ministry and how to establish an effective one in your church. Davidson outlines the necessary steps for creating a unique singles group for new college grads, career people, widowed or divorced persons. Now in tradepaper from Don Davidson!
Although 44 percent of all adults are unmarried, most churches are focused on marriage and families--and so miss many opportunities to reach out as well as to benefit from all that singles can offer to the church. Here at last is an up-to-date, comprehensive handbook to single adult ministry. Based on his over twenty-five years of experience, Dennis Franck offers church leaders guidance on all aspects of this often-overlooked ministry, including: -understanding singles' diverse life situations and needs -developing a biblical philosophy of ministry -the practical aspects of building a ministry Pastors and lay leaders will gratefully welcome this new in-depth resource to guide their ministry to, for, and through single adults.
As a single person, do you want more in life? Would you like to be ridiculously happy? If so, Dear Hunting may hold some answers for you. This is a unique, one of a kind book for singles of all ages, whether divorced, widowed or always single. Davidson not only tells it like it is but also how it could be. Out of the depths of his own painful divorce, he shares how he learned to "survive and thrive" and tells you how you can do that as well. The author writes this book as one who has experienced many of the same struggles as most single-again people. He also writes as a pastor who has worked with and counseled singles for over 30 years. As such, he knows the heartbeat of singles and what makes them tick. His insights include: * How your faith can hold you up in down times * Where to go for a positive social life and connect with other singles * How to know if you are "marriage material" or not * How to use the "filter" for selecting the right mate * Advice for those Sixty and Single In addition to the solid and practical advice it offers, the book also contains a valuable appendix which includes his practical Top Ten List as well as a unique and handy Dating Diary for when you are in a special relationship. As the director of a highly successful ministry with singles, Davidson wrote, How to Build an Exciting Singles Ministry. That was followed by several other publications providing practical helps for singles adults. They can all be found at www.singlesmall.com/Donsbooks.html. In 1999 he was selected by Living Solo Magazine as being one of the top singles leaders in the United States. His latest book, Dear Hunting, is the result of years interacting with thousands of singles in the various churches he served along with those who attended the 300+ seminars he has conducted over the years.
In a family-oriented world, single adults often feel left out. They have special ministry needs that the church is called to address. The Baker Handbook of Single Adult Ministry is now available in trade paper. This comprehensive reference covers all aspects of ministry with single adults, including contributions from thirty-five leaders in single adult ministry. The wide range of subjects includes community service, prayer and discipleship, dating and marriage, retreats, organizing a divorce recovery workshop, leadership teams, ministry to single parents, and much more. The forty-five chapters of the book are organized into seven parts designed to help readers zero in on their particular ministry needs.
Recent demographic changes have sparked debate about the civic health of American democracy. Democracy requires people of different backgrounds to be disposed toward working together, and it requires 'little-noticed meeting places' where neighbors interact with each other, share their thinking, and address common problems. As issues of ethnic and social diversity become increasingly foregrounded, social scientists find pervasive social distrust and civic withdrawal in racially and ethnically heterogeneous communities, whether in big cities (Los Angeles) or small (Yakima, WA). In this book, Yi argues that increasing diversity can revitalize social and civic connectedness if our institutions rise up to the challenge of finding common ground and shared enterprise for people of different backgrounds. He highlights two types of organizational actors in the USA. One type renews and adapts longstanding religious, cultural, and civic traditions to a dynamic, multiethnic society. The second type attempts to introduce Americans to the many religious and cultural traditions from outside the United States. These tendencies point to a dynamic, 'many-stranded' model of liberal-plural democracy, which fosters and benefits from a variety of group affiliations and types of engagement. Organizations that combine internal, authoritative community with external, plural outreach, such as some evangelical mega-churches and karate schools, connect people across racial and economic divides. In these bridging organizations, people find a sense of unity among diversity; they get to know each other as individuals, rather than as representatives of disliked groups. Using fieldwork on churches, karate schools, and other organizations in a racially mixed, Chicago Southside neighborhood as well as a broader analysis of race and religion in the 1972D1998 General Social Survey, Yi combines classical democratic theory with compelling personal stories and rigorous empirical analysis. God and Karate in the Southside is the first book to analyze the intersection between race, religion, and martial arts in the United States. It is a mustDread for scholars interested in issues of community diversity and civic democracy.
A growing marriage is a healthy marriage, and communication is the key! Noted Christian counselor Norm Wright draws on his years of counseling couples to provide 101 insightful conversation starters to encourage you and your partner to spend time together and deepen your relationship. From time management to children and from finances to items you may not have considered, you'll find questions that provide... innovative ideas to spark your creativity observations on romance to open up new levels of intimacy topics to strengthen your relationship conversation starters to enhance communication nonthreatening openings to bring up sensitive topics If you want more from your marriage, 101 Ways to Build a Stronger, More Exciting Marriage invites you to learn more about each other through engaging and fun interactions.
This book elaborates on how to build God’s Church and challenges individual Christians, the clergy, and the Church to examine themselves and to live as the Lord requires in building His Church. It sends a message to the Church which needs to minister to the world as the body of Christ in that it has a responsibility to represent Christ to the world. It also sends a message to the individual Christian who needs to live as light to the world, because every Christian has an obligation to live a life of sacrifice for the Lord. Chapter 1 introduces the fact that the average American Christian today does not find church attendance as attractive as attending most other social events. Chapter 2 discusses the attractiveness of Christ and argues that, if Christ was attractive to the throngs of people who followed Him during His days, His Church would be equally attractive to the world of our days. Chapter 3 covers the subject of how Christians can assist in fulfilling Jesus' Great Commission of preaching the Gospel to everyone. Chapter 4 discusses how to help Church leadership, as representative of the Church, to be attractive. Chapter 5 discusses how to help the Church to be attractive in its ministry to the world, emphasizing that we must demonstrate to the world that we are loving people who have the love of Jesus Christ. Chapter 6 explains attractive Christianity as the culmination of the sacrificial efforts of the Church and Christians. The chapter describes how this budding Church would experience a harvest of harvests much like the mustard seed example which grew and fed birds of the air. Chapter 7 discusses why everyone should be born into the Kingdom of God and provides steps on how to be a born-again Christian.
Men, you can make sexually sane choices! Written for Christian men struggling with any form of sexual brokenness, Sexual Sanity for Men: Re-creating Your Mind in a Crazy Culture by David White helps men understand that sexual sin starts in their minds and hearts. It shows them how knowing Christ breaks their chains, builds spiritual brotherhood, and helps them take practical steps to re-create their minds in a God-focused direction. The Sexual Sanity for Men workbook is ideal for one-on-one mentoring, college age discipleship groups, and men's small group study and is produced by Harvest USA, a ministry bringing the truth and mercy of Jesus Christ to help men, women, and families affected by sexual struggles and sin and equip churches to minister to sexually broken people. The accompanying Leader's Guide is available in an eBook format.
New insights into the early development of the Fairey BattleThe truth behind the decision to declare the plane obsoleteBased on original documentationThe story of what might have been had the Air Ministry used the plane correctly The Fairey Battle is best known for being one of the worst aircraft to serve in the Royal Air Force. On operations, it suffered the highest loss rate of any plane in the RAF’s history. The missions flown by its brave crews became a byword for hopelessness and futility. Born out of muddled thinking, condemned before it even reached the squadrons and abandoned after the briefest of operational careers, the plane seems to thoroughly deserve its reputation. But was the Battle so useless? Why did it suffer such terrible loses? Was there nothing that could have been done to prevent the disasters of 1940? A fresh look at the documents of the time suggest there was. They reveal a very different story of ignored recommendations and missed opportunities. It was the way it was used rather than fundamental flaws in the design that ensured its operational career was such a dismal failure. It might even be argued that in the desperate days of the summer of 1940, the Fairey Battle was exactly what Britain needed. Illustrations: 61 black-and-white photographs
Single Mom Style, the blog, began as a way to reach out to others who were looking to understand the wreckage of divorce. It evolved into a collection of witty stories, heartbreaking tears, and lessons learned. The author takes you on her personal journey of being a single mom and shows you the light at the end of the tunnel. From playdates and parenting to divorce and dating, this single mom’s journey will inspire you along yours. "It wasn't until my daughter was born when I woke up. I reevaluated my life as an example to my daughter. Is the kind of life I'm living now the kind of life I wanted for my daughter? The answer was no. And if I thought she deserves better, so did I. She was my game-changer, and I changed the game… You know how people say 'things have to get worse before they get better,’ well they were absolutely right… I hit rock bottom. I was everything I never wanted to be... The good thing about hitting rock bottom was there was only one way to go… up."
Describes reasons for dropouts and offers specific programs to prevent dropouts through innovative and traditional approaches to ministry. An in-depth study of persons who have drifted away, fled, or been "pushed out" of hte church. Hadaway arranges church dropouts into distinct categores such as Estranged Mentals Members, Young Settled Liberals, Young Libertarians, and Irreligious Traditionalists. After describing each one's characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors, Hadaway shows how to reach the members of each group through innovative and traditional approaches.
Assisted by a diverse mass media industry, American evangelicalism has been long plagued by consumerism, entrepreneurism, and social engineering. Churches and movements that carry the name of Christ have become projects of ambition and scandals in the public eye. Without fixing its dysfunctions, these ministry models have expanded to other parts of the world, reaping similar fruits of corruption, prejudice, and abuses. The alarm call of #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements since 2017 made it more urgent for the global body of Christ to inspect its pathological patterns. What kind of response does the #MeToo movement require of our public theology and leadership ethics? Sociologist Li Ma invites us to re-engage with biblical exegesis while being attentive to new mandates of God revealed from #MeToo. A creative Ellulian integration of sociological analysis and theology, Babel Church incisively reveals why American evangelicalism and its global projects have succumbed to the temptations of worldly power at the expense of vulnerable members in the body of Christ.
There is nothing more fundamental to the Christian faith and to building godly men than discipleship. In today’s vernacular, discipleship would best be described as “Spiritual Mentoring.” Why are discipleship and mentoring so important? How does discipleship connect to men and the struggles they face today? Authentic discipleship is about developing a caring concern and a genuine love for others through modeling Christ-like attitudes and behavior in the context of relational environments. A fresh approach is needed to define, implement, and equip men with a passion to make disciples. It starts with relationship. Men are desperate for meaningful relationships both with God and other men. Building a Ministry of Spiritual Mentoring will help churches and ministry leaders create dynamic environments for men to experience real transformation and develop authentic Christian relationships. This proven method will assist your church or group in effectively developing and deploying a ministry of spiritual mentoring. Features include: Metaphors, anecdotes, and practical applications Proven tools for developing a ministry around spiritual mentoring Discussion questions