I'm dipping in and out of Elyse Fitzpatrick & Carol Cornish's book, Women Helping Women: A Biblical Guide to the Major Issues Women Face. It's a tome of superb advice and I'm appreciating the learning. One of the chapters I was keen to read first was on women and their singleness. As someone who struggled with my own singleness before I got married, I'm very keen to learn how I can encourage single women in my church. Fitzpatrick & Cornish have a few ideas, so if you are a married person and want to know how practically you can minister to the single ladies in your church here are 10 of their top tips.
1. Be a mentor
2. Adopt a single woman
3. Offer to be available to help in case a problem arises
4. Pick a single woman to encourage
5. Choose friends of all ages and positions in life, including single women
6. Ask a gody single woman to become involved with your teenagers (or in my case, my babies!)
7. Choose a single woman to pray for throughout the week
8. Offer to host dinners or other social events for the singles in your church
9. Start a single woman's group to study the biblical view of singleness
10. Help a woman build godly brother/sister relationships
If you have any other helpful tips on how you minister to single women, or if you are single and can offer some insight I'd appreciate the wisdom.