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Dear Church,
           
Over the past months, Woodmont has had a search team striving to fill the Singles Minister role. The search team has met diligently together, and I am incredibly proud of each of the members of the team. The team includes Darrell Campbell, Marleen Dortch, Sheila Holland, Tina Kitchens, David Rickard, Renee Spinks, and Jay Woods. The Lord brought this team together to try and fill the role after the retirement of Mrs. Belinda Green. Mrs. Belinda served faithfully for over 25 years in that role, laid a solid foundation, and the Lord blessed the ministry over the years. The Lord has called Woodmont to singles ministry.  This article seeks to provide some statistics to back up the great need for this ministry.
 
According to census data in 2019 – 43% of Americans (ages 25-54) are not married – an intentional singles ministry attempts to minister to almost half of the adult population.
 
40% of all parents are single parents – Woodmont’s singles ministry seeks to equip, disciple, and help single parents grow in their faith to make disciples of the parent and the child/children. The needs of the single mom or single dad are numerous and can feel overwhelming so this ministry seeks to be an encouragement to the parents.
 
As of 2014, non-married adults outnumbered married adult in the United States
– this statistical data is continuing to change. This information reflects the vast mission field within single adults.
 
The average age of adults entering their first marriage is now in the late 20s to early 30s – As the average age grows, many adults spend longer as single adults. The twenties are key identity years that often chart a course for the rest of a person’s life. The peer groups become key impact in identity revealing the great need to connect young adults with Christians.
 
Only 23% of single adults are church attenders.
 
Locally – 59% of adults in Florence, Alabama are singles – This ministry reaches
over half of the adult population in our city.
 
Dr. Gary Collins explains that singles are “sometimes plagued by loneliness, insecurity, or low self-esteem.” He continues to write, “Singles tend to pay higher taxes, and may have difficulty getting credit, insurance, mortgage loans, job promotions, or even decent seating at a restaurant.” These situations allow a single adult to feel lonely, insecure, or out of place. Tony Evans highlights that the “Church is guilty of making things worse by not celebrating singleness the way we celebrate marriage and family.” This leaves many singles feeling out of place both in society and at church. Woodmont seeks to change that reality! The goal of Woodmont’s singles ministry is to introduce single adults to the person of Jesus, the family of God, and to leverage the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives for the Kingdom work in which God has called us to participate. Think about how the family of God can counter the loneliness a single adult may feel in their day-to-day routine. Think about how the confidence in Christ counters the insecurities a single adult may possess. Consider what Woodmont Baptist Church would look like if 59% of the congregation were single adults, like it is in Woodmont’s city. Paul writes the following in 1 Corinthians 7:
 
I want you to be without concerns. The unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord – how he may please the Lord. But the married man is concerned about the things of the world – how he may please his wife – and his interests are divided. The unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But the married woman is concerned about the things of the world-how she may please her husband. I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but to promote what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction.
 
Tony Evans explains, “A kingdom single is an unmarried Christian who is committed to fully and freely maximizing his or her completeness under the rule of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.” The ultimate goal of the singles ministry is to develop Christian single adults that know they are complete in Christ! I am excited to see how God continues to lead the singles ministry at Woodmont Baptist Church. Please continue to pray for the search team as they seek the Lord, seek the Lord’s will, and seek the Lord’s person for this incredible opportunity. Please continue to pray for the search team and for the Lord’s direction.
 
In Christ,
 
Chad Hess
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