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6 Books on Christian Singles and the Church

Updated on August 3, 2013

Single Christians often feel like outsiders in a couple's world. These six books provide important insights on single adults and the church today.

Are you living single in a couple's world?
Are you living single in a couple's world? | Source

Single in a Couple's World

Are you living single in a couple's world? Do you feel like an outsider, even at church? You are far from alone.

In the United States, almost 50 percent of the adult population are unmarried. Even as this number increases, many American churches are paying less attention to their single adults.

Christian churches are family-oriented by tradition. In their attempt to address the special needs of a growing singles population, they often substitute programs for relationships.

The following books provide important insights on single adults and the church. If you are single, they will challenge you to make connections and give more of yourself to the church. If you are a ministry leader, they can help you reach the single adults in your congregation.

1. Baker Handbook of Single Adult Ministry

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The Baker Handbook of Single Adult Ministry is a comprehensive reference guide for ministry leaders. Edited by Douglas L. Fagerstrom, it offers some practical advice from 35 respected church leaders.

The Baker Handbook covers every aspect of single adult ministry: Christian dating, marriage, prayer, discipleship, community service, divorce recovery, single parenting, and more. .

2. Being Single in the Church Today | Philip Wilson

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Being Single in the Church Today examines the twenty-first century single life and its implications for ministry.

Through a series of interviews with single adults, Philip Wilson explores their unique experiences within the church. He also lays the groundwork for an honest discussion about relationships, gender, and sexuality.

3. The Church and the Single Mom | Jennifer Barnes Maggio

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In The Church and the Single Mom, Jennifer Barnes Maggio introduces readers to the Christian single mother. She discusses the responsibility of the church to care for single women and their children.

As the founder of one of the largest single mom ministries in America, Maggio offers a step-by-step plan for starting a ministry to single mothers in the local church. She has helped launch more than 70 such ministries across the country.


4. A Match Made in Heaven | Wendy Widder

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A Match Made in Heaven is a must-read for unmarried singles and single adult ministry leaders.

Wendy Widder explores the ways in which modern, family-oriented churches can enhance the bond between singles and couples in the church. Her book is a blueprint for a stronger, richer family of Christ followers.


5. Reaching Single Adults | Dennis Franck

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Reaching Single Adults is a handbook for building a single adult ministry. Written by Dennis Franck, this comprehensive guide is ideal for pastors and lay ministers.

As the population of single adults increases, many churches are actually decreasing their attention to single adults. Franck explores the various needs of unmarried Christians, as well as the practical aspects of building a single adult ministry.


6. Single, Not Separate | Virginia Mcinerny

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Single, Not Separate explores various ways to reach, inspire, and encourage single adults in the church.

Virginia Mcinerny addresses the common misunderstandings between singles and couples. With fresh perspectives on single living, she encourages unmarried Christians to get connected in their church and use their gifts to serve others.


These books explore ways to reach, inspire, and encourage single adults in the church.
These books explore ways to reach, inspire, and encourage single adults in the church. | Source

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