Many smaller congregations seem to have too many single men or too many single women. But by making the pool of potential spouses a bit larger, Bressler believes that the Internet can increase fellowship with others by providing a godly environment for single adults in the OPC to meet and build God-blessed relationships.
Looking for that special someone? Committed to marrying in the Lord? If you are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, OPC Singles is the Facebook group for you. Only adult, single OP members in good standing can join the group. The group was was founded last summer by layman Jerry Bressler of Fremont, Calif., and curated by a small group of elders and ministers drawn from all over the U.S. The group requires not only church membership but also a positive reference from the applicant’s pastor.
Bressler, 34, makes no secret of the fact that he is looking for love. But his vision extends well beyond himself. Many smaller congregations seem to have too many single men or too many single women. But by making the pool of potential spouses a bit larger, Bressler believes that the Internet can increase fellowship with others by providing a godly environment for single adults in the OPC to meet and build God-blessed relationships.
For those who see the specter of a new Christian Mingle or Match.com, Bressler clarifies: “This is not a dating site nor do we encourage dating, but simply providing an environment for God-blessed fellowship between single adults in the OPC.”
In other words, members do not fill out profiles and the group makes no effort to match people with each other. Dating is not a requirement; the group leaves a healthy space for God’s providence to work. So far, over 40 OPC members have joined. Two have formed a relationship and so left the group—a fostering of godly fellowship that Bressler reads as a sign of greater things to come.
Since “the communion of saints” is one of the core doctrines of the Christian faith, Bressler sees this as a legitimate ministry of the church akin to the current denominational magazine New Horizons. Therefore, he hopes the group will be adopted by a presbytery or even by General Assembly as an official ministry of the OPC. He hopes that the group will grow large enough to eventually be made into a stand-alone website, where OPC members can advertise their businesses. For now, the group is gaining members through announcements from the pulpits and in the bulletins of local churches.
With OPC Singles, single adults in the denomination now have another way of engaging members on Facebook across the nation and globe. This venue allows the OPC to serve God’s people, who happen to be single in a unique way, making distance, time, and money less of an issue. Of course, Bressler hopes meeting online will be just the beginning! You can visit OPC Singles by going here.