I so appreciated this post! Perhaps some of my single brothers and sisters out there might appreciate it too. And maybe the married brothers and sisters will get a little perspective on what the singles experience in the church sometimes.
This is a message to all those who are single or who have spent any years in the Church as a single person.
As a pastor who has served in local church ministry for the past 17 years, I wanted to apologize to you on behalf of so many of us who minister and who too often have failed you.
I am deeply sorry.
I’m sorry for the ways we unintentionally distanced you from community; the times that we overlooked your deep needs and your unique challenges as we planned and prepared.
I’m sorry for the times we relegated you to the segregated ghettos of Singles Ministry, making you feel that was enough to hold you over until you eventually graduated from your relational purgatory.
I’m sorry for the times you felt like an afterthought in our worship services.
I’m sorry for the times you felt unwelcome or extraneous in our small groups.
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