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  1. This article illustrates why 67% of us don’t attend church: judgmental congregation! I don’t need a toy drive, I didn’t have a child out of wedlock and i don’t care to be patronized or to have the congregation assume I’m spiritually inferior. I want a church home where my child and I are treated with the respect we earn. This article misses completely why I don’t attend. It’s because we feel like lepers with the undesirable pitty party. Can’t we just enjoy the service and fellowship like anyone else without the “oh poor dears” whispers and looks? Teach the word and worship: stay out of my family structure.

  2. Thanks, Karen for the reminder of how important it is to minister to single parents!

    Also take a look at “Single & Parenting,” a church-based curriculum for single parents from Church Initiative (the ministry that produces DivorceCare and GriefShare). This is a new resource released last June. Information about starting a group at your church can be found at http://www.singleandparenting.org/startagroup


    Steve Grissom
    Church Initiative

  3. Pastorgaryforsyth May 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Awesome! This very thing has been on my mind for 6 months now. My wife works for a secular counciling agency in our town and shared with me about their POP (pregnancy outreach program) and how it was badly funded and short staffed. The light went on in my head.
    I have a church full of people with great life skills and lots of love. There are very young single parents with out skills and starving for acceptance. How can you not grab that ministry with both hands.
    The plan is to start in the fall with the local counciling agency teaching us courses in mentoring, coaching, and the life skills. While I teach how to minister by coming along side to guide so that we can be apart of real change in people’s lives as well as demonstrat the Love of Christ. Once we have gained some confidance with the training we pair up single parent families with families from our church that have taken the training. The goals are simple, to see real lasting change in their lives, and pour out the love of God on them.

    • JenniferMaggio May 19, 2012 at 4:51 am

      Be sure to visit http://www.thelifeofasinglemom.com, as our global nonprofit has helped to launch more than 450 single moms’ ministries in churches in 19 countries! We’d love to help with your training! God bless! Jennifer Maggio, founder, The Life of a Single Mom

  4. what about single dads?