Ring is On The Finger
AM I MARRIED YET?
Once singles enter into a serious dating relationship, it’s easy to want to rush an engagement along. However, most couples on their wedding day have known each other for more than 3 years prior to that day and were engaged on average for 15 months. 88% of engaged couples end up married with an average attendance at their wedding of 155 people. We believe that you should not base a lifelong commitment on a short term relationship. So, don’t feel the need to get engaged and rush things along. Enjoy your time together and continue to build your relationship together in Christ.
For those who are engaged, it’s sometimes hard to find a place to fit in. When you’re engaged you are technically a single adult, but you are well on your way towards being a married adult. Each couple is different, but you can decide together if moving to a newlywed class is right for you before the wedding day. We simply encourage you to not be so eager to start a new life together that you forget the one you are currently living. Stay involved with your current peer groups through your engagement and after your marriage. Singles are very supportive of their engaged friends.
The average length of an engagement in America is 12-18 months. 2/3 of women want their man to ask their father for permission to marry them and 69% of couples have known each other for 3 or more years.
The average cost of a wedding in 2023 is expected to be $29,000, up from $28,000 in 2022, according to wedding planning platform Zola.
A quarter of all US weddings are destination weddings.
While the share who are currently cohabiting remains far smaller than the share who are married, the share of adults ages 18 to 44 who have ever lived with an unmarried partner (59%) has surpassed the share who has ever been married (50%)
Roughly four-in-ten adults ages 25 to 54 (38%) were unpartnered – neither married nor living with a partner, and 9% are cohabitating
59% of never-married adults say they haven’t found the right person, while 41% say they aren’t financially stable.
TFO’S STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE
Table for One Ministries’ mission is to build community for single adults through discipleship. Our ministry focus is on ministering to singles and helping them to fully realize their completeness in Christ. Yet we also affirm the importance of marriage and believe that being complete in Christ is not just for singles, but for marriages as well. Additionally, while we desire to help churches reach and minister to the ever growing single population, we want to acknowledge the importance of marriage in God’s redemptive plan for this world.
We affirm that biblical marriage is established by God as a life-long covenant between one man and one woman. Marriage is intended to be the perfect example of Christ’s relationship with his church and living example of the gospel of forgiveness, grace and mercy. The marriage relationship provides the only acceptable channel for physical intimacy between a man and woman. Additionally, marriage is God’s plan for the procreation of mankind and is vital to fulfilling His will for both mankind and his kingdom.
We believe in the institution of marriage and yet we recognize that there are many Christians who are single for numerous reasons. Our goal is to help singles to continue to grow and to desire a deep and intimate relationship with Christ now, regardless of their marital or relational status.
BLOGS FOR ENGAGEMENT
Marriage isn’t the Finish Line
Not an Option
I Fell in Love with an Atheist
End of the Rope with Addiction
At Table for One Ministries we are comprised of seminary professors, ministers, doctoral students, and lay leaders passionate about reaching singles. We also have done ministry for decades and know that even the most seasoned of leaders can use a helping hand sometimes. Our Ministry wants to help you get the tools you need to reach singles in your area.