Single & Parenting: New Church-Based Solution for Effective Single-Parent Ministry
Churches are reaching out to single parents with the innovative curriculum Single & Parenting. The results? Care, outreach and evangelism in the community. Single & Parenting was developed by Church Initiative, the creator of DivorceCare and GriefShare.
WAKE FOREST, N.C., June 21, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Churches worldwide are now launching Single & Parenting, the innovative curriculum for ministry to single parents. The all-new 13-week, video-based curriculum is designed to be a lay-led ministry for single parents from all backgrounds, including divorced, widowed and never married.
This excellent outreach tool equips local churches to minister to the exploding single-parent population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center, 26 percent of all children currently live in single-parent homes, and 41 percent of all children born this year will be to single mothers.
"In ever-increasing numbers, single parents are seeking the help of local churches. Single & Parenting equips churches with a powerful strategy for offering hope to these parents and, by extension, their children," said Steve Grissom, founder of Church Initiative.
The Single & Parenting curriculum is designed with three primary components: video, group discussion and between-session workbook exercises (to help group members apply the material in the days between sessions). The videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format with dramatizations and single-parenting technique demonstrations. They also feature more than 35 leading single-parent experts, including Dr. Paul David Tripp, H. Norman Wright, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Rev. Dwight McKissic Sr., Dr. Ed Welch, Dave Ramsey, Stephen Viars, Sandra Aldrich, Dr. Larry Mercer, Dr. Thelma Wells and Eduardo Salazar.
Single & Parenting can assist churches in ministering to single parents within the church, but is also designed to serve as an outreach tool to minister to single parents throughout a church's community.
"Make sure the leaders of [your] church are aware of this opportunity because it's a great outreach for ... any churches in the community or any city, it doesn't matter how big or how small," said Brad Goad, Singles Minister at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
For more information about Single & Parenting, visit www.SingleandParenting.org/ministry.
Single & Parenting is offered by Church Initiative, the ministry that created DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids and GriefShare