Volunteers & Single Mom’s Ministry

Many church ministries are launched, grown, and sustained by volunteers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any church. Servanthood is the way we show others that we care. Single mom’s ministry is one of those tough ministries that can oftentimes require much of the volunteers who serve there. There are many questions that come up in how to best recruit, retain, and train volunteers for such a high-need, high-level ministry.

Here are a few things that we have found work best:

1. Don’t assume you only need one “type” of volunteer. There are all types of volunteer opportunities within a single moms support group, when ran effectively. You will need childcare providers, prayer partners, set-up/clean-up crew, food service, speakers, small group leaders, greeters, registration table, and more. The larger the ministry grows, the more opportunities there are for others to come alongside and help serve within the ministry. This takes a wide array of volunteer types.

2. Volunteers do not have to be single moms, but please feel free to use single mothers that are already in your support group to fulfill a volunteer role. This is great for a couple of reasons. Volunteerism gives people value. It gives them something to do when they may feel uncomfortable just sitting around waiting on the event to start. Secondly, single moms that are already part of your group see the value in what your church is doing, so they are more likely to be faithful attendees, thus faithful volunteers.

3. Volunteer training is critical. Too often volunteers enter into a role very excited about serving others, but when they aren’t trained properly, they feel that they aren’t being best utilized. Set them up for success. Give them ideas on what works in their area of ministry and what doesn’t. Once they get started, have discussions with them about what is going really well and what they need help with.

4. Promote team-building with your volunteers by having a Sunday lunch together or some other type of get-together. Volunteers who serve together in single moms’ ministries should know each other well, interact outside of their service area, and create an alliance. It will not only make them feel more comfortable working together, but will make new single mothers feel even more comfortable when they visit your group.

5. Allow your volunteers to rest. When volunteers are serving in single moms’ ministry week after week, month after month, they can grow weary. Be certain you are communicating with volunteers well enough to know when they are approaching burn-out and need rest.

 

2016-10-17T16:13:22+00:00 July 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Marcy Kivi July 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I would like some more information on how to go about approaching my pastor to consider implementing a program like this in my church. How do these groups get started and where and how can I get training.

    • Jennifer Maggio July 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      We recommend you start with our “Getting Started” tab on our website. It will detail for you step by step what you need to do to get start with a single moms ministry in your church. Be sure to read the Ministry Leaders’ Corner on our site, sign up for our free monthly newsletter, and join us every Tuesday for Topic Tuesday for a live chat on Facebook. All great ways to learn more!

  2. Nancy Wise July 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I would like to volunteer at a program in the Pittsburgh area. Could you send me a list of programs in my area? Thank you

  3. Kathleen Bell July 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Are there any established Single Mom’s Ministries in the San Diego, CA (specifically East County) area where I might contact someone to talk with on a one to one basis? Thank you for your assistance. God bless you in this much needed ministry.

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