Stats Canada reports that “families and living arrangements of Canadians underwent further change and diversification during the past five years.”
Some highlights of the report include:
- Married couples “accounted for 67% of the all census families in 2011, down from, 70.5% in 2001. The proportion of common-law families increased from 13.8% to 16.7%, while the share of lone-parent families rose from 15.7% to 16.3%.” Same sex couples “accounted for 0.8% of all couples in 2011.”
- 10% of all children aged 14 and under live in stepfamily situations
- 19.3% of all children in private households lived with lone parents in 2011. Stats Canada reports, “More than four out of five children (82.3%) who lived with a lone parent lived with a female lone parent.”
As the family “landscape” changes, how do you find yourself changing the way in which you are sharing the Gospel with families? Are you still ministering with the mindset that families consist of a mom and dad and a couple children? How are you mininstering to people in your congregations and communities who are in common law marriages or who are lone parents?
Please share your outreach and ministry ideas with the “Go! audience!