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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

Single Adult Ministries Agency

(June 10, 2001)

Dennis Franck, coordinator of the Single Adult Ministries Agency at the Assemblies of God Headquarters, has been a leader of single adults and has written for Single Adult Ministries Journal, Baker Book House and Victor Books on singles ministry. Franck recently talked with Ken Horn, managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel, about this ministry to the fastest-growing demographic* in the United States.

Evangel: What is the function of the Single Adult Ministries Agency?

Franck: The Single Adult Ministries Agency helps districts, churches, pastors and leaders build spiritually strong single and single-again adults of all ages by recognizing the need and opportunity for ministry to/with single adults; by reaching them through prayer, planning, training and resources; by restoring them to spiritual and relational wholeness; and by releasing them to discover and follow God’s plan for their lives.

Evangel: What contributions do singles make to local churches?

Franck: Singles (comprising ages 18-80) are involved in every area of church ministry — ushering, singing, teaching children, serving on committees and boards.

Evangel: Give an example of what is being done to reach singles in the Assemblies of God. And what are some future plans?

Franck: Several years ago the national Sunday School Promotion and Training Department staff worked with the Oklahoma District to pioneer a singles family camp. The camp is ongoing and includes ministry to children and youth, as well as ministry to single moms and single dads.

Plans include a National Singles Sail-a-bration, October 7-14, 2001.

Also, as leaders are trained and begin to network, ministry to single adults will have visibility on the district and national levels within the Assemblies of God.

Evangel: What steps can local churches take to develop single-adult ministries?

Franck: Because there are not many full-time single-adult ministry pastors in our churches, laypersons lead single-adult ministries. Those who are married again understand single and single-again people and what it takes to rebuild their lives.

A church may not have something for all ages of singles, but it can have a class for one age group or one need group. Age groups include college, young adult, singles 30-plus, seniors 55-plus. Need groups include never-married, single parent, divorced, widowed, separated.

Singles themselves will become involved because they will support the groups they helped to create.

A packet of material for beginning a single-adult ministry is available from the Single Adult Ministries Agency office. E-mail me at: singles@ag.org

Evangel: Give practical ways Christians can get involved in ministry to singles.

Franck: Married couples can invite singles to dinner and remember them on holidays. Or they can give single moms a four-hour break on Saturday just to read, shop or be alone.

Send cards or call single-again persons (divorced or widowed) to let them know you are praying.

College and young-adult singles (ages 18-28) enjoy home-cooked meals.

Offer to serve refreshments in singles classes.

Evangel: Anything else?

Franck: A church of any size must understand the issues singles face and be prepared to help. Many singles are hurting from the pain of divorce and need the love and care the church can provide. They are gifted and want their lives to count for the Kingdom.

The Single Adult Ministries Agency of the Assemblies of God wants to help local churches minister to the 79 million singles in America.

*Statistics show that In the United States of all adults 18 years & older: 23 percent never married (46 million); 10 percent divorced (20 million); 7 percent widowed (13 million); and 4 percent separated (6 million)

 

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