Posted: 9/25/18 at 3:50pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27 NIV)
I have been traveling across the Commonwealth leading Sunday School training events over this past summer. I still don’t know of many churches who are intentionally reaching single moms. Here is just a reminder of how to reach them.
Single moms is the fastest growing population of people groups in the U.S. today. As of 2016, there were over 19 million single moms raising over 47 million children.
58% of the births in 2015 were to single moms. 95% of single moms are unchurched. They do not feel as though they fit anywhere, and often they feel judged. They are open to a loving church that will accept them where they are, but they’re not sure where that is.
When they see a church has a class/small group for them, they come and bring their friends along with their children. What can you do to reach this population?
- Start a new class specifically for single moms. This may begin in a home, public meeting place, or the church depending upon your community. Many single moms are likely to be wary or suspicious of the institutional church. Finding single moms in your church to help start this class may be the best solution, as they can tell friends and have empathy for other single moms.
- Provide a mom’s night out and/or a special dinner. Offer to watch their children one evening while they go grocery shopping, clean house/wash clothes, have a dinner date, or just get away for a while. Single moms are working and then still have all the childcare/parenting duties when they get home. Providing a dinner for the moms and children with some play time and devotional might be great as well.
- Adopt a grandchild. Katrina and I were fortunate while I was pastor of Bethel Baptist to have two special ladies, Janice Burton and Virginia Clark, who adopted our two kids when we lived many miles from grandparents. Both children still think about them often. You have older adults in your church who do not have children or whose grandchildren live far away. Many would love to have time with children for a few hours or more and share God’s love with them.
The bottom line is: we have an opportunity to love on people and reach people for Christ. Are you willing?