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28.9 is the average age for a first marriage for men and 26.9 for women. This has increased every year for the past 25 years with a major increase since 2007.
Single unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2011. This group comprised 44.1 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
More than 50% of all meals are eaten at a Table for One in the United States. This includes single and married adults.
Singles now outnumber married adults in the workforce over the age of 16 according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics since August 2014.
Percentage of opposite-sex, unmarried-partner households in 2011 that included at least one biological child of either partner.
Percentage of women with a birth in the last 12 months, as of 2010, who were widowed, divorced or never married.
The median age of first marriage divorces in America. 45-50% of first marriages end in divorce, and that percentage only rises with each re-marriage. Singles adults who are divorced remarry on average of just over 3 years after their last divorce.
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Dr. Philip Nation is the Lead Pastor for First Baptist Church of Bradenton, Florida. He is also the Assistant Professor of Leadership and Biblical Studies for Houston Baptist University. Philip holds a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Philip has written and edited numerous books and articles. Philip is the author of Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out. He is the coauthor of Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living with Ed Stetzer and its revised version Compelled: Living the Mission of God (2012). He also coauthored Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow with Eric Geiger and Michael Kelley. He also wrote the small group studies Storm Shelter: Encountering God in the Psalms, Crazy Grace for Crazy Times with Derwin Gray. Compelled by Love: The Journey to Missional Living, and Live in the Word. He was a contributing author to The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Lifetime. He is the general editor of The Mission of God Study Bible. Additionally, he has edited and holds uncredited contributions to numerous other books.
Philip is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He has served as a pastor, minister of education, and church planter. From 2010 to 2012, Philip served as the national spokesperson for the “National Back to Church Sunday” campaign from Outreach.
Philip is married to Angie and father to their two sons, Andrew and Chris.
Dr Randy Stone is Associate Professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as Chair of the Christian Education division and Director of the DEdMin Program. Dr Stone has more than 30 years of ministry experience serving churches in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. Dr Stone enjoys church consulting and presenting at leadership training conferences. Dr Stone maintains membership and occupies leadership roles in a number of professional organizations. He has a keen interest in reaching and teaching singles and equipping single ministry leaders.
Dr. Teman Knight is the Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama. Teman is the director of the Montgomery Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Caskey Center for Church Excellence for Alabama. He serves as an Adjunct Professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension centers in Birmingham and Montgomery. In over 30 years of ministry Dr. Knight has served as a pastor, a professor, and a state missionary. Teman and his wife Darlana have a daughter (Alana), a son (Jay) and an awesome grandson Adam.
After many years of leading singles ministries and seeing the growing single population in the United States, it became clear to PJ the Lord was calling him to focus on single adults. So often the local church gets it wrong when it comes to singles. But it does not have to be that way! According to the 2010 Census, the average age for men to marry is 29 and women 27. This has only increased in the past 20 years to record level highs. The local church wants to reach out to “young adults” yet they don’t understand it is the single adults who make up the majority of that population now. It is no longer young marrieds or young families. And when it comes to older single adults, the church does not know how to handle messy divorces or singles who may never marry. Out of this situation came Table for One Ministries. A ministry focused on singles and awakening local churches to the need for single adult ministry awareness.
His heart for this ministry to reach singles for Christ, equip singles with the Word, empower singles to be bold for Christ, and awaken churches to the need to reach singles. God willing this ministry will spark an awakening in churches to reach out to singles and provide single adults with the tools they need to walk with Christ.
Keenan Braden is the Minister of Singles at Gardendale First Baptist Church in Alabama. He has a passion for teaching adults God’s Word so that they will be filled with the knowledge of His will in spiritual wisdom and understanding (Col 1:9). Keenan is a doctoral student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
James Brown is the Associate Pastor of Family Ministry at FBC Delray Beach in south Florida. James graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary with advanced degrees in both Theology and Education. He has served in family ministry for over ten years. James has written articles for Children’s Ministry Magazine and worked for both the Southern Baptist Conventions of Texas and Florida as a trainer and consultant.
I spent 5 years of my life as a single parent of 3 small children. I understand the challenges that single parents face. Single parents are one of the areas most in need of assistance and ministry from the local church. 40% of all parents are single parents and 35% of all children in the U.S. live in single parent homes and the percentages go much higher in depending upon ethnicity. This represents 24.5 million children! Single parents and their children need the church to be the church! We need effective ministry models to reach and help this group of parents and their children.
Ree Reinhardt is currently pursuing a PhD at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ree loves ministering to teenagers and young adults and has done so in churches in Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas since 2001. She currently is an adjunct professor at NOBTS and serving as part of the youth ministry team at First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana. One of her favorite things to do is to participate in short-term, international mission trips, and she’s done so in Central Mexico, the Yucatan, South Africa, Alaska, Guatemala, Latvia, Belize, and an Asian country we can’t really mention here.
TFO Blogs for Leaders
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I Love Jesus. Jesus Loves Me. I’m Going to Heaven. Simple right? But how many hours do we worry over paying bills, our retirement accounts, and having nice cars? All for what? As born-again Christians, Matthew 6:25-34 is clear how we are to feel about this life. If you want to know more about […]
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After the funeral is over and life has released its hold button, a widow struggles with a new reality that they are now single again. Thoughts and emotions are all capsized in a singular thought “I don’t want to live without you.” It’s not that this widow is suicidal, far from it. It was just […]
The death of a spouse is tough. In addition to the grief, there can be the confusion of changing financial arrangements, and the assumption of household and family responsibilities that were once shared. For many, there is also the added challenge of discovering where they now “fit” among the social circles present in their local […]
Proven fact: if it’s here, it stays here. Have you ever stopped to look around your home at all the things you have? This is not a blog about how “things” are bad or how we should even sell it all and give it to the poor. This post is about the life of a […]
True love doesn’t wait. That’s right. All our lives we were taught by Disney, ABC, Hallmark, and others that someday our one “true love” will come and sweep us off our feet. Get married and have perfect children and live happily ever after. But is that what Scripture teaches us? Christian programs talk about this […]
Why do we have difficulties? As followers of the Way, we are called to hard lives. Jesus is pretty clear. Carry your cross. The more we traverse through scripture, the more plain the cross becomes. Lives of sacrifice. Lives where we choose others over ourselves. Lives where we believe and act as if others are […]
Do you ever feel torn between doing what you know is right, and then doing the wrong thing anyway? Choosing to continue in a sin that you should be able to be free of, yet you keep making the same mistake. We have some comforting words for you, the apostle Paul had this same struggle […]
When is the last time you made something “Not an Option”? Truly, 100% said to yourself that under no circumstances will I ever ____. Everyone has things that are not options in their lives, such as the clothes worn to work or the food we choose to eat that may cause allergic reactions. Everyone makes […]
There are some excellent reading plans available to read the entire Bible in a year or even 90 days. These plans are great, and we encourage you to try one at least once. As a follower of Christ, you need to build a relationship with Him and know Him better. This comes through many venues. […]
It is Saturday night and you know you should go to church tomorrow, yet you have reservations in your heart about where to go or if you should find somewhere new to go. You want to Worship and hear the Word preached, but the church you go to does not seem to get being single or you […]
TFO Resources for Leaders
At Table for One Ministries we are comprised of seminary professors, ministers, doctoral students, and lay leaders passionate about reaching singles. We also have done ministry for decades and know that even the most seasoned of leaders can use a helping hand sometimes. Our Ministry wants to help you get the tools you need to reach singles in your area. We offer that in the following ways:
Books for Leaders
Table for One Ministries is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) Non-Profit.