by Dr. Frank Lewis, senior pastor
The front page of The Tennessean recently proclaimed that single adults are moving into the downtown Nashville community faster than we ever imagined. Nashville has been identified as the top relocation city for single adults, mean-ing that as young adults finish their education, they are moving here for jobs.
How we will respond to this piece of information is critical. We value the participation and involvement of single adults throughout the life of our church. Today you will find single adults in leadership at First Baptist Nashville in our Deacon body, as Sunday School teachers, chairing and serving on a variety of church committees, singing in the choir, and volunteering as needed. We’ve experienced great times in our past ministry efforts with single adults, and I have every intention of bringing more strength and attention to this part of our church’s life in the future.
Executive Pastor Tom Crow and I have already met with our Single Adult Sunday School Leadership to talk about the transition before us with Dan Jones’ departure. By the time you read this article, we will have met with our entire Single Adult Sunday School to listen to their dreams about the future. It’s a part of our commitment to provide a safe place for the spiritual growth and Christian fellowship of our single adult community.
Personally, I feel First Baptist Nashville should be the local leader for ministry with single adults. We have the right lo-cation. We also have the right leadership team in place on Sunday mornings giving support through our Sunday School. Now we must continue to find the right staff leadership and implement the right vision for ministering to and with the mis-sion field of single adults who could call FBC “home.”