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The church's ministry to singles: A family model.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of religion and health
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
141–155
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF01540818
PMID: 24311145
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The authors provide a theoretical introduction for the church's ministry to singles by reviewing the family therapy literature as it pertains to familial disengagement or enmeshment and interpersonal mutuality or isolation. Belongingness based on consanguinity must eventually be replaced by belongingness rooted in consensuality or commitment. The single person must seek such commitment outside the institution of marriage. The church can offer belongingness through establishing parity, de-emphasizing segregation, promoting inclusion, and practicing community.

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