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Is Your Church Hurting Singles?

3. Trying to force connections.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to this church, but I’ve known communities that might as well start advertising themselves as a Christian dating service. Pastors are insistent on connecting the single members of their congregation and either put people in awkward positions or become known as a place to meet your significant other—instead of as a place to get closer to God.

Being single is tough enough without receiving more pressure from the pulpit. Let’s create places where people of all relationship statuses can connect, and invite the single members of the congregation to speak into what they would like to see happen in your community.

What communities are available to the single members of your congregation? How can you improve?  

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With over a dozen years of local church ministry Justin has spent the last several years starting business' and ministries that partner with pastors and churches to advance the Kingdom. He is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and MinistryCoach.tv all while staying involved in the local church. Justin is obsessed with connecting people to people and lives his life daily to make the world a smaller place. He now serves as a consultant in the area of strategic relations predominately working with the Assemblies of God, helping to build bridges with people and ministries to more effectively reach more people. He blogs regularly about what he has learned from making connection at www.justinlathrop.com.