In Person Virtual

Single Minded Singleness: Handling the Challenges & Rewards of Being Unmarried in Missions

  • Breakout Session
  • Main Building ED 213
  • November 11 2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

There are a lot of advantages and freedoms for serving alone in ministry, like super-focusing on tasks without interruption, managing time/schedule for work, budget/Rnances for money spending, housing/moving for living situations, building friendships/engaging in activities for enhancing outreach, and traveling/planning for decision-making. However, there are some challenges for long-term singleness in ministry, whether serving across town or across the border, that can be emotionally unsettling and create inner dissatisfaction, even frustration. Not knowing how to handle unmet needs, unfulRlled desires, aloneness-loneliness, etc., can hinder the sense of contentment and decrease the effectiveness of the servant. We all have an innate need to love and be loved, to nurture and care for other as well as to be nurtured by others. People with low (or poor) social skills have a tendency to struggle even further. In this session we will highlight the joys-rewards and the challenges-struggles of singles on missions. We will deRne terminologies, correct misconceptions, encourage realistic expectations of self-others-life-God, rediscover a biblical paradigm for contented aloneness/singleness, and present practical suggestions and guidelines for Singles in Ministry; How to build healthy relationships with the opposite gender and how to begin looking for partner- companion-mate (courtship). How to translate our frustration(s) into strengths and build a Koinonia around us (communion hub) that is mutually nurturing and empowering. How to cultivate single-mindedness, joy along the journey, and higher aspirations for the Kingdom while cultivating Eternity in our hearts, so that we know what God is doing from beginning to end. Finally, the presenter will share from his personal journey of 40 years of cross-cultural ministry and still single--never married before.