In the late 1980s a new cultural trend took hold that has continued until today … as a culture we started having babies before we were married. Today, almost half of all babies are born to unmarried mothers, and the median first birth happens around one year earlier in a woman’s life than her median age of first marriage. Some questions this trend has generated in me are:
- Where are the single moms? // Why aren’t there more single moms in my church? What does that say about our ability to reach the community?
- What is “Family Ministry”? // Parenthood has changed. Have our assumptions to what “family ministry” is changed?
- How can we support? // We know that kids born into a strong social network have a better shot at life. Marriage provides one of those social networks … since that is a fraying institution how does the church need to step in and support these families?