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Ministry Leader Help2018-11-28T16:32:41+00:00

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The first step in launching a TLSM Single Moms’ Group is gaining support from your church pastor or leadership team. We recommend starting with The Church and the Single Mom for use in your presentation. This book will help develop a formal presentation, as it is full of statistics and stories of single mothers’ church experiences, as well as Biblical reference on why a single moms’ ministry and outreach plan is important for every church, regardless of size or denomination. The book also includes basic logistical steps on how to get started, as well as answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions we received.

We also have some additional free resources to assist with the presentation:

Presenting the Idea of Single Moms’ Ministry
How to Handle a “No” or “Wait” from Your Pastor
Debunking Single Parent Ministry Myths
Why One-Time Single Mom Events Aren’t Enough
Why 2 out of 3 Single Moms Don’t Attend Your Church
Everything You Need to Know About Single Moms’ Ministry

Once you’ve gotten approval from your leadership team, we’ve got you covered on training, curriculum, and ongoing support. The Life of a Single Mom has been ministering to single mothers for more than a decade. And now, we want to share what we’ve learned with you!

We exist to encourage, equip, and empower YOU – the single mom ministry leader! To date, we have worked with more than 1,500 churches and community groups, including corporations, colleges, and nonprofits, to establish, grow, or improve a single moms’ ministry plan. We help you build outreach plans, support groups, and events for single mothers that are effective. Whether you are new to single mom’s ministry or have been doing it for years, The Life of a Single Mom can help you!

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*Note: While we highly recommend becoming a TLSM-Certified group, it is not required. A church can opt to purchase all of our materials and curriculum a la carte in our ministry store. There are discounts available for package purchases as well as additional support services.

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Determine what curriculum you will teach

We offer a variety of curriculum to lead your support group meetings. Whether you want to focus on parenting or finding hope for the overwhelmed single mom, we have you covered! Purchase of a book includes a study guide that will provide you with discussion questions for your group meetings.

Prefer video teachings? You should try Single Mom University! With over 100 video courses on everything from parenting to finances to health & spiritual wellness, we have you covered! Each course also includes discussion questions to lead your group, homework assignments for your moms and put into practice the lessons they learn, and so much more!

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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about launching a group:

The Life of a Single Mom has worked with a number of churches & community groups who launch single moms’, single dads’, or single parents’ groups, and we leave that choice to the discretion of each host site’s pastoral/leadership team. However, we recommend creating a single moms’ ministry and a single dads’ ministry separately with regular joint get-togethers.  Men and women learn and fellowship differently. Aside from that, sometimes the devastation of a recent divorce can leave many women or men apprehensive to enter too quickly into a co-ed environment.
Yes! Most of the support groups we have helped to start in churches are led by current or former single moms.
The Life of a Single Mom believes that is appropriate to always garner approval from those who are in authority over you. If you are starting a group in your local church (even if it meets in your home), we highly recommend getting pastoral approval for. (The same is true of an executive team for community/corporate gatherings).  We’ve written some tips on how to present to your leadership, as well as what to do if they say yes or no. You can check it out HERE or HERE and HERE.
The Life of a Single Mom offers a wide array of teaching material to remove the guess work from that!  Don’t worry. Who God calls, He equips.  You may want to start with Single Mom University classes, as this will require no teaching from you. Simply join, log on, and play a video (class) of your choosing.  Then facilitate a discussion using the supplemental materials as a guide.  If you prefer an actual book for each of your attendees. We have several. They all come with study questions & a leaders guide. You can check those out HERE.
No. Single Moms’ Groups are simply a ministry extension of your church, just like youth group, women’s ministry, college ministry or others.  There is no need to start a separate nonprofit, and really no reason to do so, as your church already has a tax ID number, should you need to collect donations or money to support the ministry.
The Life of a Single Mom is committed to seeing no single mom walk alone. That means, it is very important to us to support you – the ministry leader! We do so in a number of ways.  First, we issue a monthly newsletter with quick tips/encouragement for you. Sign up on the home page of our website. We also offer free weekly articles for single moms and ministry leaders on our site. After you have started your group (or if you already have an existing group), you need to fill out our Ministry Leaders Contact form HERE. Once you do that, you go into our system to receive regular correspondence from our ministry team that is specific to your ministry.  We also offer a new ministry leader consultation for those needing ongoing support!  With over a decade of front line single mom ministry experience, including implementation of a new ministry, presenting the idea to pastors, and growing existing groups, The Life of a Single Mom team can offer 30-minute phone consultations. (Note: You will receive an email to schedule your appointment after purchase).

Buy A Phone Consult
While we highly recommend becoming a TLSM-Certified group, it is not required. A church can opt to purchase all of our materials and curriculum a la carte in our ministry store. There are discounts available for package purchases as well as additional support services.
Call us at 225-341-8055. We’re happy to help!

Do you currently lead a single mom’s ministry? We’ve got fresh ideas!

Over the last decade, we’ve discovered some common reasons that single moms’ ministries aren’t growing. They are as follows:

Group Structure

We recommend that groups meet on the weekend (preferably Friday nights or Saturdays). Further, we recommend that a meal and childcare is always provided, meetings last 1.5 hours, and groups meet at least twice per month.

Keeping It Fresh

A single moms’ ministry is a family. Relationship always comes before ministry. Allow your creativity to flow and switch it up during the meetings. Keeping it fresh can include game nights, scavenger hunts, or even simple icebreaker games to start the meetings. The point is, have fun! Women who laugh together, stay together.

Consider Your Curriculum

Are you teaching single mom-centric materials? While there are some amazing Christian authors on the market today, many do not have first hand experience with single parenthood. We recommend teaching material written specifically for single mothers. For some ideas, visit our store!

Hosting Events

Whatever the reason, women love events. Hosting a specific single mom event is one of the fastest ways to grow your single moms’ ministry. It encourages current single mom attendees and reaches those that have not yet attended. Events can include Christmas parties, Mother’s Day events, conferences, worship nights, pampering nights, single mom oil change events, and so much more!

Planning a Single Mom’s
Ministry Event
50 Ways to Grow Your Single Mom’s Ministry
Fundraising for your
Single Mom’s Event

As the nation’s leading authority on single mom ministry implementation and growth in churches, we are available to help answer any questions you may have about starting a group, growing an existing group, improving current methods, fundraising, or just about any single mom ministry question you can think of. Stop by the TLSM store to purchase a phone consultation today!

Ministry can be isolating. And let’s face it, it’s hard! In identifying some of the biggest challenges of single moms’ ministry leaders there are a few things we want you to consider.

Volunteer Involvement

Volunteers increase capacity, offer a support system, provide accountability, and bring creativity. They also act as free advertisers within your community. Use them!

Training Volunteers in Single Moms’ Ministry
Recruit, Retain, and Train Volunteers
Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers

Avoiding Burnout

It’s important for you to stay spiritually healthy while in this fight. You can’t pour out when you have nothing to give. Protect yourself in order to reach more single moms.

Avoiding Ministry Burnout
When to Pass the Baton

Handling Criticism

Hurting people, hurt people. There’s no way to avoid criticism, when you’re a leader of anything. Handling it appropriately is the key to longevity within your ministry.

How to Handle Criticism

Honoring Pastoral Leadership

We believe the Bible is clear on honoring those that have been put in authority over us. However, we acknowledge that it can be hard if your pastor/leader hasn’t yet “caught the vision.” Be patient, Pray, and Honor them.

What to Do When You Feel Unsupported in Single Moms’ Ministry

As the nation’s leading authority on single mom ministry implementation and growth in churches, we are available to help answer any questions you may have about starting a group, growing an existing group, improving current methods, fundraising, or just about any single mom ministry question you can think of. Stop by the TLSM store to purchase a phone consultation today!

We offer a variety of curriculum to lead your support group meetings. Whether you want to focus on parenting or finding hope for the overwhelmed single mom, we have you covered! Purchase of a book includes a study guide that will provide you with discussion questions for your group meetings.

But that’s not all! Single Mom University is the perfect tool for ministry leaders to take advantage of! With 100+ classes, SMU provides you with all the curriculum needed to lead your support group. Enroll for 1 month, 3 months, or a full year to gain access to parenting, finance, and overall emotional and spiritual health courses. We are also now offering 4 exclusive leader’s guides that include introductions to the SMU video courses, activities, discussion questions, prayers, and more! Guides include our most-asked about topics: A Brand New You, Sex & Dating, Financial Freedom, and Single Parenting 101. Visit singlemomuniversity.com and get enrolled today!

What About Single Dads?
Fundraising for your Single Moms’ Ministry
Single Moms’ Children Ministry Needs
Single Moms’ Event Planning Checklist

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about launching a group:

The Life of a Single Mom has worked with a number of churches & community groups who launch single moms’, single dads’, or single parents’ groups, and we leave that choice to the discretion of each host site’s pastoral/leadership team. However, we recommend creating a single moms’ ministry and a single dads’ ministry separately with regular joint get-togethers.  Men and women learn and fellowship differently. Aside from that, sometimes the devastation of a recent divorce can leave many women or men apprehensive to enter too quickly into a co-ed environment.
Yes! Most of the support groups we have helped to start in churches are led by current or former single moms.
The Life of a Single Mom believes that is appropriate to always garner approval from those who are in authority over you. If you are starting a group in your local church (even if it meets in your home), we highly recommend getting pastoral approval for. (The same is true of an executive team for community/corporate gatherings).  We’ve written some tips on how to present to your leadership, as well as what to do if they say yes or no. You can check it out HERE or HERE and HERE.
The Life of a Single Mom offers a wide array of teaching material to remove the guess work from that!  Don’t worry. Who God calls, He equips.  You may want to start with Single Mom University classes, as this will require no teaching from you. Simply join, log on, and play a video (class) of your choosing.  Then facilitate a discussion using the supplemental materials as a guide.  If you prefer an actual book for each of your attendees. We have several. They all come with study questions & a leaders guide. You can check those out HERE.
No. Single Moms’ Groups are simply a ministry extension of your church, just like youth group, women’s ministry, college ministry or others.  There is no need to start a separate nonprofit, and really no reason to do so, as your church already has a tax ID number, should you need to collect donations or money to support the ministry.
The Life of a Single Mom is committed to seeing no single mom walk alone. That means, it is very important to us to support you – the ministry leader! We do so in a number of ways.  First, we issue a monthly newsletter with quick tips/encouragement for you. Sign up on the home page of our website. We also offer free weekly articles for single moms and ministry leaders on our site. After you have started your group (or if you already have an existing group), you need to fill out our Ministry Leaders Contact form HERE. Once you do that, you go into our system to receive regular correspondence from our ministry team that is specific to your ministry.  We also offer a new ministry leader consultation for those needing ongoing support!  With over a decade of front line single mom ministry experience, including implementation of a new ministry, presenting the idea to pastors, and growing existing groups, The Life of a Single Mom team can offer 30-minute phone consultations. (Note: You will receive an email to schedule your appointment after purchase).

Buy A Phone Consult
Call us at 225-341-8055. We’re happy to help!

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Be sure to stop by our free articles page for detailed articles each week on single parent ministry, suggestions on ways to improve your single mom’s ministry, and fresh ideas at Ministry Leaders Corner. We use national experts, authors, and national speakers to write weekly articles on single parent ministry and single parent encouragement.  (Hint: Some of the weekly articles are great ways to get teaching content at your regular single moms’ ministries for free!)

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Podcasts & Videos

Be sure to visit our Podcasts and Videos tabs for valuable information on ministering to single parents, as well as ideas on topics that you may want to teach in your local support group.  We update our podcasts and videos frequently, so check back often.

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National Map

Do you have a Single Moms’ or Single Parents’ Support Group that is not listed on our national MAP? Let us know and we’ll gladly list it, so that single parents in your area can find you. Email all the details to info@thelifeofasinglemom.com.

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“Thought I would take a moment to express our gratitude for your counsel, support, and encouragement in our single mom’s ministry. Thank you for your support and guidance along the way. We could not be doing this ministry effectively or seeing this kind of fruit without your help. Trust this is an encouragement to you and spurs you on in your leadership and efforts in reaching single moms. You have made a huge impact in the lives of the single moms in our community and church.” – PASTOR DAN BOECK | FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN

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