Baker Handbook of Single Adult Ministry

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801065354
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,030,753
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas L. Fagerstrom is former president of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has served in several churches as youth pastor, music minister, single adult pastor, and pastor of adult ministries, and he speaks at conferences and retreats.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Part 1 The Need for a Ministry with Single Adults
1. Today's Single Adult Phenomenon: The Realities, Myths, and Identity 17
2. Establishing a Biblical Basis for the Single Adult Ministry 27
Part 2 Needs and Issues of Single Adult Ministry
3. Dating 35
4. Goal and Career Planning 41
5. Finances and Housing Needs 46
6. Guiding Spiritual Growth 52
7. The Single Adult Lifestyle 56
Part 3 Ministry with Single Adults
8. Singles Helping Singles 63
9. Marrieds Helping Singles 66
10. Help for Single-Parent Children 73
11. The Role of the Senior Pastor 78
12. A Profile of the Single-Adult Minister 82
13. An Overview of the Single Adult Organization 87
14. Recruiting and Training Leaders 93
15. Defining Purpose, Goals, and Plans 99
16. Building Community in a Single Adult Ministry 107
17. Bible Study 110
18. Developing Small Groups 116
19. A Balanced Ministry 121
Part 4 Programs for Single Adults
20. Retreats 129
21. The Single Adult Conference 138
22. Community Service and Outreach Ministry Projects 145
23. Integrating Single Adults into the Life of the Church 149
24. Growing a Single Adult Ministry 155
25. Ministry to Single Adults in the Small Church 162
26. Ministry to Single Adults in the Large Church 165
27. The Role of the Single-Adult Minister in the Church 170
28. Traits of Single-Adult Leaders 173
29. The Importance of Prayer 179
Part 5 Developing Leadership
30. Developing a Ministry Vision 187
31. Developing Spiritual Leadership 197
32. Developing Volunteers 208
33. Developing Ministry through Spiritual Gifts 218
34. Developing Ministry with Women 233
35. Developing a Leadership Team 239
Part 6 Developing the Ministry
36. Let's Begin at Church 255
37. Revitalizing Your Single Adult Ministry 264
38. Developing an Outreach Ministry 280
39. Developing a Missions Ministry 289
40. Discipling Single Adults 299
Part 7 Developing Significant Ministries
41. Dealing with Dating Realities 309
42. Developing Ministry to Single Parents 320
43. Developing Ministry to Children of Divorce 326
44. Divorce Recovery--Small Group Ministry 336
45. Organizing a Divorce Recovery Workshop 344
Appendix Networking through NSL 353
Notes 357
Contributors 361
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