What is SingleMinded?
In June 2011 Matt & Dianna Kottman (Disciples Church, Leatherhead) organised a conference for Single Christians at the High Leigh Conference Centre, after prayer and in response to many conversations with those who were single and had questions or struggles about how to live as a single Christian.
The conference was welcomed by many in Calvary Chapel churches in the UK, as was the teaching that was received during the weekend. The following year the conference relocated to Deal Christian Fellowship (DCF) in Kent as there was no cost for hiring a venue, and now in it’s sixth year the conference most recently took place on 8 October 2016.
Over these six years there have been a variety of speakers and session leaders including; Jeff and Kari Patterson, Matt & Dianna Kottman, Simeon Forder, Bob Forder, Joey Rozek, Rob & Joanie Dingman, Steve Vickery, Doug & Lisa Keen, Katie Clague and Sarah Yardley. Details of who is speaking and leading at SingleMinded 2017 will be announced on this site.
The annual conference is now organised by SimeonThe reality that each of us face is that we are all born single, and even if we marry there is a 50% chance (maybe higher) that we will end life single Forder, assistant pastor at DCF, and in the summer of 2015 we launched our all-new web site with the intention of equipping and encouraging single and dating Christians throughout the year with articles and short studies from some of the speakers, as well as other pastors, teachers and leaders. In the future there will continue to be new articles from those that are single and those that are married. Those that are younger and those that are older.
The reality that each of us face is that we are all born single, and even if we marry there is a 50% chance (maybe higher) that we will end life single (even if only accounting for death). If we are only single for a season, the lessons learnt in singleness will be incredibly valuable in marriage. If we are to live our lives single then we sure need to know how to live right. Regardless of our marital state, we will always know others that are single – some content, some struggling. And therefore it is so important that we each have an understanding of how God would have us live our lives as single Christians.
We are excited about the coming year. If you have any questions about this ministry, or the conference, then please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is it called SingleMinded?
It’s easy to be distracted as a single person. Whether it is the pursuit of a career, the hope of marriage, the excitement of travelling the world any one of hundreds of hobbies and pastimes. And in general those things are not wrong – but what is to be the primary focus of our lives?The dictionary says to be single-minded is having or concentrating on only one aim or purpose
As Christians that surely has to be our relationship with God – and so the SingleMinded name really comes from our need to pursue God. The dictionary says to be single-minded is having or concentrating on only one aim or purpose. And so it’s with that intention that we aim to get to know God more, to understand how He would have us live, and what He would have us do.