Earlier when I posted about Patriarchal Movement in churches, I received an e-mail from Jennifer who shared her personal story with me. I have learned so much from my readers. When Jennifer shared her story with me, I was saddened and shocked that we, the church, have failed Jennifer and women like her.
What can we do to make single women feel needed and wanted in church? Are singles valued as much as married women? Does God value single women less than married women? Of course not. Yet it seems some churches don't quite know what to do with them.
A while back, I read about the plight of single women who attend SGM churches. At the SGMsurvivor.com site, I read of single women being told they should be serving families within the church in their spare time - as if their time wasn't their own. Some singles were taken advantage of because they didn't have "family obligations". They were guilted into babysitting (without pay) church leaders' children, for helping new moms when they brought their baby home. Is this reciprocated when single are sick or need help in any way?
I asked Jennifer if I could share her story here and she agreed. Jennifer is not alone, I am certain of that. Reading Jennifer's story has made me much more sensitive to the plight of single women in the church. I hope it does for you, too.
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