Adults: Singleness

 

Did you know?

  • 61% of under 35s in the church are single and 7.5% of over 55s; 1 in 7 live alone (Evangelical Alliance, 2012, How’s the Family?).

  • Committed single Christian adults often feel alienated, isolated and lonely in their churches (Christian Connection survey, 2012).

 

People may be single for different reasons. Healthy Christian singleness involves single individuals being proactive about their well-being and development in different areas of their life. But equally, it has to involve others around them being proactively supportive, particularly their churches.

The resources below aim to support both these aspects, and obviously are also relevant to those who are dating or married.

 

www.SingleChristians.co.uk

Findings from the largest survey ever of single churchgoers in the UK, with suggestions for single people, church leaders and national church bodies. Essential reading for all.

David Pullinger, Researcher/Author

Invisible, hard to find or absent? Singles in the UK church 

The Single Adult in Church

Key information about singleness and the church – “What’s the story? What needs to happen? Taking Action”

www.christianconnection.com/singleResources from Christian Connection dating site to support single Christians.

Stuff Christian Singles Hear (humourous YouTube clip)

Books

Single-minded: Being single, whole and living life to the full (Kate Wharton, 2013)

The Heart of Singleness: How to be single and satisfied (Andrea Trevenna, 2013)

A Desire to Belong: Thinking about single people in church (David Pullinger, 2011, Network Christians)

The Single Issue (Al Hsu, 1997)

The Plausibility Problem: The church and same-sex attraction (Ed Shaw, 2015)

Single Women: Challenge to the church? (Kristin Aune, 2002)

  Being Single: Insights for tomorrow’s church (Philip Wilson, 2005)

Singleness and the early church (Katy Wehr, 2012) Grove Books.

 Encouragement for those who feel called to celibacy as a vocation.

Courses / Other Resources

Alpha

www.alpha.org

Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, aimed particularly at non-churchgoers and new Christians.

Christianity Explored  

www.christianityexplored.org

An informal course for people who'd like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics.

Freedom In Christ

www.ficm.org.uk

Discipleship teaching and ministry process that helps Christians understand who they are in Christ, the nature of the spiritual battle, and how to move on to maturity.

Cloud-Townsend Resources - by Dr John Townsend and Dr Henry Cloud, Christian Clinical Psychologists

www.cloudtownsend.com

“The mission of Cloud-Townsend Resources is to help people grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.” Resources, information, courses.

 

www.cloudtownsend.com/video-advice

Free video advice from US Christian Psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend on issues relating to spiritual life, emotional struggles, goals and successes, leadership, singleness, dating, relationships, marriage, parenting.


www.cloudtownsend.com/resources/solutions/

Small group course on how to develop healthy, godly, and satisfying relationships covering: Communication, Intimacy, Conflict, Emotional issues, Boundaries, Success, Honesty, Expectations.


http://store.cloudtownsend.com

Books/courses/resources including: Boundaries, How People Grow, Changes That Heal, Safe People, Hiding From Love.

Mind and Soul

www.mindandsoul.info

Exploring Christianity and mental health. Wide range of resources, books, podcasts, blogs and information to support emotional health.

Association of Christian Counsellors

www.acc-uk.org

Information about finding or being a Counsellor.

Life, Relationships and Executive Coaching from a Christian Perspective

 

www.smartstepcoaching.com

 

http://destinycoachingministries.com