02 Nov 2009

DC, the nation’s mecca for singles?

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Our English ministry is exploring what it means to be a community on mission. Through the book of Jonah, we are realizing how easy it is to be indifferent and unaware of what God is doing around us. We are asking God to open our eyes to the needs around us. One way is just to observe who our neighbors are. And according to this article in Wapost, it’s increasingly single:

Living alone is on its way to becoming the new norm in parts of the Washington area, as the proportion of households headed by married couples has declined and one-person households have jumped.

Population statistics released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday, based on samples taken from 2006 to 2008, reflect national trends that have accelerated since the 2000 census. The Washington area figures were particularly stark.

Every jurisdiction in the region showed a leap in single households. In most places, they now make up 20 to 30 percent of all households. In the District and Alexandria, almost half of all households have just one person.

“This sort of rubber-stamps Washington as the nation’s mecca for singles,” said demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution.

Read the rest here:

In most churches, the age group of 18-35 is largely missing. How can we be a church who reaches and cares for the spiritual needs of this demographic?

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