Despite the drastic effects 2020 had on us all, the ICOC International Singles Service Team (ISST) was able to continue in many of the efforts it set out to accomplish for the year. As disappointing as it was to have the 2020 VISION conference postponed, and with it, the concurrent Singles Conference, one of the biggest highlights of the year was DREAM, the ISST’s virtual Singles Conference in July. With almost 3,000 disciples in attendance from all around the world, it was certainly one of our most memorable moments of the year.
The success of DREAM helped inspire singles internationally and in November 2020 the International Fellowship meetings began, spearheaded by the London singles ministry. The meetings saw over 400 singles from more 30 countries come together virtually every month for fellowship and spiritual encouragement.
The ISST is passionate about and focused on creating opportunities for singles and singles ministries to be represented, invested in and highlighted in our churches. A vision of the ISST is to help launch continental singles service teams around the world that would work in cooperation with the ISST. Alongside of those teams, they hope to continue to duplicate the North American TIP team (Training, Inspiration, and Planning) approach to the service team. The TIP team is an auxiliary team of singles across the country who serve as a sounding board, a think tank, and an implementation team for all things singles ministry.
This year Steven and Marva Small have helped begin some of that work by establishing the second TIP team in the Caribbean family of churches. The team is comprised of 22 single disciples from nine countries (pictured above).
In 2020 we also said good bye to Floyd and Tamara Grossett, who faithfully chaired the team for the last four years. In June of 2020 we welcomed Elias and Rachel Deleault (pictured above) as the new chairs.
The team is eager about the new year and faithful that it will open the door for in-person fellowship and greater opportunities to connect, encourage and inspire singles around the world.
ICOC International Singles Service Team:
- Elias & Rachel Deleault – Austin
- Steven & Marva Small – Barbados
- Mark Farney – Seattle
- Bill & Kristen Moulden – St. Louis
- Jose Ferrer – Orlando
- Larry & Kim Reed — Boston
- Bim & Nicole Towolai – New York
- Tony & Jolecia King – New York
- Sherie Gayle – Baltimore
- Pablo & Nicole Padilla – Los Angeles
- Nate & Waldina Bigbee – Texas