Churches large and small across the world and in every denomination have rising numbers of single people on their leadership staff. This book presents a research-based perspective on the joys, opportunities, and challenges of being single in vocational ministry. Through extensive interviews and focus groups, the authors present both a practical application and a positive message for those serving God as single clergy or pastoral leaders.
Kevin E. Lawson is director of the doctoral programs at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He served as a church associate staff member for eleven years before moving to seminary teaching, and his research continues to focus on the needs of associate staff members. He is the author of How to Thrive in Associate Staff Ministry and Supervising and Supporting Ministry Staff.
Jane Carr is a professor the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. She is directly involved with youth, young adult ministry programs, and mentors singles in local churches.
Much more than a how-to book for singles in ministry, this is a profoundly personal book filled with stories portraying the joys and challenges that single persons face in ministry. A helpful resource for church leaders from a variety of denominational and theological perspectives.
Through careful listening and research, Kevin Lawson and Jane Carr open the doors of faith communities to more joyful and less lonely ministry for both male and female pastoral leaders.