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One by One : Welcoming the Singles in Your Church

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There are now more single adults than married adults in the United States, yet the evangelical church continues to focus primarily on serving couples and families with ministries geared toward their particular needs. This can lead, however unintentionally, to the marginalization of adults who are single by choice, divorce, or death, or who are simply not yet married. Families are a good thing, but so are all of God's people, and singles long to be lovingly integrated into the Body of Christ. In One by One, Gina Dalfonzo explores common misconceptions and stereotypes about singles, including the idea that they must be single because something is wrong with them, and the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways they are devalued, like when sermons focus overmuch on navigating marital relationships or raising children. She shows how the church of Paul, who commended those who remained single, became the church where singles are too often treated like second class Christians. Then she explores what the church is doing right, what unique services singles can offer the church, and, most importantly, what the church can do to love and support the singles in their midst.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 237 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 15mm | 295g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 080107293X
  • 9780801072932
  • 346,576

About Gina Dalfonzo

Gina Dalfonzo is the editor of BreakPoint.org (website of The Colson Center), as well as an occasional writer for BreakPoint Radio. She is also editor of Dickensblog and a columnist at Christ & Pop Culture. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, Christianity Today, First Things, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Guideposts, Aleteia, The Stream, and OnFaith, among others. She earned her BA in English from Messiah College and her MA, also in English, from George Mason University. Dalfonzo lives in Springfield, Virginia.show more

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You may be ignoring the fastest-growing demographic in your community There are now more single adults than married adults in the United States. Yet the evangelical church often focuses primarily on serving couples and families. As a result, singles may feel undervalued and underserved, causing them to look elsewhere for spiritual nourishment and community engagement. Through fascinating personal testimonies from a wide variety of single believers, Gina Dalfonzo shows that serving singles well is not difficult--and it benefits everyone. She gives church leaders and lay members alike a rare glimpse into the challenges many single adults face and offers practical ways to involve singles in the life of the church. "Here's a book on singleness that won't tell you how to score a spouse nor condemn a growing generation of unmarried Christians. Instead, Gina Dalfonzo shares her own story along with many others', enriching our understanding of the stereotypes they face and the faith they live by."--Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today "One by One is full of practical wisdom that a congregation of any size can use to create a culture of welcome for every member of the body of Christ."--Michelle Van Loon, author of Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith "Without preaching or shaming, Gina Dalfonzo tells the church what we need to know--that is, the experience of the singles in our midst (or, perhaps, of the singles who can't stand to be in it!). With sometimes hilarious and always warm and wise insights from her life, as well as the lives of other single people, Dalfonzo shows us ways to fully love and welcome our single brothers and sisters."--Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Known and Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms "One by One is a desperately needed book just now for churches serious about honoring the inherent dignity of all who enter their doors. I hope it gets the wide reading it deserves."--John Stonestreet, president, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview Gina Dalfonzo is the editor of BreakPoint.org, as well as an occasional writer for BreakPoint Radio. She is the editor of Dickensblog and a columnist at Christ & Pop Culture. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, Christianity Today, First Things, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Guideposts, Aleteia, The Stream, and OnFaith, among others.show more

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