Because many parachurch ministries and local churches operate from the assumption that a family is a mother, father, and at least one child, a certain picture of family life has largely defined the default thinking of many of those in the local church. This default picture, while not entirely false nor automatically harmful, is limited and detrimental to having a holistic ministry to a growing part of the evangelical church family: singles. Singles are, in many cases, our forgotten family members who must be biblically and practically understood if we hope to have healthy churches in a changing American landscape.
Jackson Watts is the pastor of Grace Free Will Baptist Church in the greater St. Louis area, where he has served since 2011. Jackson is a founding member of the The Helwys Society Forum.