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Reach out to singles : a challenge to ministry

Author: Raymond Kay Brown
Publisher: Philadelphia : Westminster Press, ©1979.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Kay Brown
ISBN: 0664242707 9780664242701
OCLC Number: 5101538
Description: 191 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Let's form a singles group! --
Asking the right questions first --
Some basic questions for developing a singles ministry --
What are our motives and goals? --
Who are the singles? --
What are their needs? --
2. Surely you plan to get married! --
Growing up single in a pairing culture --
Singles and the church --
Is it acceptable to be single? --
3. You must be lonely a lot --
Some common singles needs --
Relationships: learning to relate to self and others --
Developing a sense of singleness --
Coping with loneliness --
Finding a sense of community --
Getting control of one's life --
Determining life's goals --
Having a career that satisfies --
Financial security and the system --
Finding a value system that works --
Bucking the culture --
Sexuality and the single person --
What about commitment and marriage? --
Summary --
4. Singles are swingers --
Getting beyond stereotypes to particular needs --
The adult who has never married --
The adult who is single by separation --
The adult who is single by divorce --
The adult who is single by death --
The adult who is young and single --
The adult who is single and a parent --
5. As a single, could I find help from the Bible? --
Rethinking Biblical and theological starting points --
Celibacy, an alternative to marriage --
Realizing a Biblical affirmation of singleness --
Wholeness in Christ --
Friendship --
A supportive community --
Summary --
6. What form shall a singles ministry take? --
A look at some options --
Types of groups --
General ministries: ecumenical or interchurch? --
Special ministries related to need --
The nongroup ministry --
Some alternative forms of ministry --
Extended families --
Christian communal arrangements --
Worship, celebrations and singles --
Summary --
7. The challenge of a new age.
Responsibility: by Raymond Kay Brown.

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