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Ministry Leader Help2018-09-05T13:04:11+00:00

We are committed to helping churches and communities with best practices to reach, serve, and impact single moms in lasting ways!

With over a decade of front lines single mom ministry experience, our goal is to equip churches & communities with the knowledge and resources they need to reach single mothers in effective, long-lasting, and impactful ways. We provide programs, events, and services to train, educate, and equip leaders to reach single mothers.  Whether you are new to single mom’s ministry or have been serving single parents for years through nonprofit, church, or community work, our industry-leading training, curriculum, workshops, & events can help you.

We have worked to provide a balance of free and low-cost options for those who work with single mothers to ensure real impact is made in the lives of these precious families. Services include a variety of single mom curriculum, a ministry kit, phone consults, free monthly newsletters, weekly articles, free ebooks, and more. Read on for more details. Check out some free PDF’s below to get you started, as well as details on other services, curriculum, training, and products we provide:

We would LOVE to hear how your Single Moms Ministry is going! This allows us to evaluate what help you may need, what our counselors can do to serve you, and assess any growth opportunities you may have.  Our goal is to help you reach as many single mothers as you possibly can.  Visit HERE to give us an update!

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 work with you to start your group. Our phone consultations may be all you need to get your ministry off the ground or give it a facelift.  While we higly recommend the comprehensive ministry kit, as it will be a resource you will refer to for years to come, we will gladly provide 30-minute phone consultations, too. Don’t want to buy the entire kit, but need a consultation on single moms’ ministry best practices? Purchase a 30-minute phone consultation instead. (Note: You will receive an email to schedule your appointment).

Are you interested in launching a single moms group in your church or community? Or would you like some ideas on improving your existing program? We have worked with hundreds and hundreds of churches to help them launch or grow. For more info, visit HERE.

Is your church currently running a single moms support group or looking to launch one? Do you need on-going support, personalized prayer, coaching, curriculum, & training? Then, consider joining Single Mom University. This unique opportunity allows single parent ministry leaders to take online classes in the area of ministry leadership, including how to grow your ministry, how to work with volunteers, how to stay healthy in the fight, and so much more. You can even become a certified Single Moms’ Ministry Leader through Single Mom University! Additionally, SMU allows ministry leaders to have access to all 100+ classes for single parents. These classes can easily be played in a group setting to allow for hundreds of discussions, at your finger tips. For more information, visit HERE.

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.

We exist to equip ministry leaders to reach as many single moms as possible. One of the ways we do that is our comprehensive Single Mom Ministry Training Kit. This kit exists to help you start your single moms’ program the right way, or evaluate possible mistakes you are making that prevent your group from growing.  The kit will be a go-to resource that you will use for years to come, and has been utilized to help launch some of the largest single mom’s programs in the U.S. in churches! Check it out here.

Not sure what to teach your single mothers during group time? We provide teaching materials for your single parent support groups, covering a wide range of single parent topics. All curriculum includes a leader’s guide at no additional cost. Visit us HERE for more information on the books and curriculum we have available. Additionally, we now offer Single Mom University (SMU) to Ministry Leaders. Access to SMU provides ministry leaders with best practices for how to conduct single moms’ ministry, but it also gives leaders access to 100+ classes that can easily be played in a small group setting to help facilitate discussion. Check out Single Mom University today!

The Life of a Single Mom hosts webinars, simulcasts, and on-site training for those wanting more information on the challenges faced by single parent families, as well as volunteer and leadership training sessions on facilitating successful single parent support groups. Be sure you are signed up for our monthly newsletter and visit the site often. We update it every week!

Our monthly newsletter is full of tips on single parent ministry and encouragement for single parents. Our newsletter subscribers are the first to hear about all that is going on within our organization, as well as new events, products, and materials… and even a few special discounts! Looking for ways to encourage your single parents? Have them sign up for our newsletter, too!  (Also, direct them to check out our Single Parent Help page).  Join the TLSM family today and sign up for our free newsletter!

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!)

We host weekly LIVE discussions on Facebook each week during our Topic Tuesday discussion.  Topics vary from week to week but are always single mom-centric.  Not only will you get great tips to utilize in your weekly single moms’ gatherings, but we host a single moms’ ministry topic each quarter, just for you! Each week’s discussion varies and we have participants who chime in under the comments section. This is an easy way for our followers to get involved throughout the day or simply jump online after work and catch up with the tips and encouragement we’ve discussed for that day.  It’s always a great way for you to connect to others in our TLSM family!  Facebook not your thing? No problem. We also have Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and we hop on there frequently, and so should you! Be sure to check out our events page for more info on our Facebook LIVEs each quarter, covering single mom ministry topics. Details HERE.

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.

CHILDRENS CURRICULUM: Are you needing effective children’s curriculum to teach children during your single mom’s support group time? Check out our friends over at Manners of the Heart.

MENTORING SERVICES:  There are a number of great mentoring services available in different areas of the United States.  While listing below does not constitute any formal partnership, we like these two groups:

Fathers in the Field

The Mentoring Project

New Commandment Men’s Ministries allows men in the church to serve single mothers and widows in an organized way.  To institute a men’s ministry team in your church, check their website out.

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 HERE. We also offer free weekly articles for single moms and ministry leaders HERE. 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 phone calls, emails, and correspondence from our ministry team that is specific to your ministry.  Beyond that, we are available to answer calls and emails during the business work week.

No. The Life of a Single Mom is a consulting service that works with churches, nonprofits, and community groups to start & sustain single parent support groups.  Many of the services we offer are free or very low cost. Each group runs independently.  We ask that groups be willing to report back to us via our online reporting tool, so that we can track your successes/challenges.  We also ask you consider purchasing our curricluum, tools, and other support services, as 100% of proceeds go to support single mothers.

Call us at 225-341-8055. We’re happy to help!