Starting a Single Moms Ministry

With almost 15 million single parents in the country today, many churches are beginning to focus on the need to minister to single parents more effectively. The Life of a Single Mom Ministries is elated to be part of that journey. We receive tons of questions about how to minister to the needs of single parents in a more effective, creative, long-term way. We believe one of those ways is through a single moms support group. It provides long-term discipleship, beyond simply an outreach, event, or meal.

For those who have not started a single moms support group in your church, here are a few things you may want to know.  For those who have started a group and are frustrated with the lack of growth or possible issues within the group, read on. We’ll try to help you with those questions, too.

– Recognize that not every single mom is a “churched” divorced single mom. Less than 1% of the 300,000 Christian churches in the country have single parent support groups. The few that do often focus on the single moms that are already in their church. This is a big problem, in light of the fact that only 33% of single moms attend church. In order to grow your support group, you must focus on reaching those outside your church.

Looking for new Bible study curriculum for your Single Moms’ Group? Check these out!

– Teach relevant materialIn my work with helping to grow single parent groups, one of the first things we do is change the teaching material. Many of the groups are teaching deep Bible studies on the book of Ruth, the Proverbs 31 woman, etc. While these are excellent teaching tools for the future, focusing on deep Bible study, when a single mom’s life is potentially falling apart (financially, emotionally, and with her parenting skills) is not a timely message.

– Meet at a time that is convenient for the single momFriday nights, Saturday nights, or Sunday afternoons tend to work best. Moms who are parenting school-age children have homework to contend with. Wednesday nights tend to be most convenient for the church, as childcare workers are already available, but this is probably not the best time for the mothers. And if you want to begin to reach outside the walls of the church to bring in mothers who aren’t yet connected, offering a more convenient meeting time is critical. In addition, a full work-week tends to make a single mom’s support group a daunting task, not a welcomed break……but if you meet on a weekend, she is more relaxed and open to receive new friendships and experiences.

The first step in launching a single parent program is gaining support from your local church or community leadership team. We recommend starting with the The Church and the Single Mom book for use in your presentation. It will help you develop a formal presentation, as it is full of statistics and stories of single mothers’ church experiences, and steps on how to get started, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.

Having trouble gaining support  from your pastor or church leadership? Here are some helpful hints:

Here are some of our most popular articles for ministry leaders & facilitators:

Download our Free PDF on How To Start Your Support Group.

The Life of a Single MomThe Life of a Single Mom is a national, faith-based, nonprofit that is one of the nation’s largest single-mom centric organizations. We focus on equipping churches and communities on how to reach single mothers, establish ministry plans, and grow existing single moms’ programs. We provide curriculum, training, host events, and offer a wide array of single mom products and services to ensure that no single mom walks alone. Currently, we are serving 72,000+ single mothers each year. For more information, visit


2018-06-11T15:17:34+00:00March 4th, 2013|Help For Ministry Leaders, Jennifer Maggio|12 Comments


  1. Pastor Vincent Odongo March 5, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Dear friend,
    I am pastor Vincent Odongo from Lira northern Uganda. With concern. I would like to join hands with you and work together under the same umbrella of your ministry. Aims to open single Mams ministry in my church. Please give me some light towards my request. I shall be grateful to hear from you. Thanks.

  2. Maria Hernandez April 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I would love to start a single moms program at my church and have been reading a lot of your articles and will be buying your packets to get started. The only thing really holding me back is struggling with the culture difference in my church. How do I minister to these young ladies that have a totally different culture then I do and their struggle with the fact that “I don’t understand them because I’m of a different nationality then them”.
    Have you encounter this situation and if so what is your advice. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Jennifer Maggio April 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply


      The Holy Spirit cuts through divides of nationality, race, culture and so much more. If this has been laid on your heart to launch in your church, then some of the worries you have are simply that — just worries. Read through the kit materials and all our Ministry Leader’s Corner articles on our site and we believe that you will be more than ready for your first meeting. Also, be certain you have local accountability and support from your pastoral leadership. Blessings!

  3. Priscilla September 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    i had the burden of single parent ministry please help me. Im a single mom in south africa.

  4. Natalia August 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I’m starting a single parents group and would like to know what should i talk about in the group.

    • TLSMSTAFF August 26, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      We sell 3 different Bible studies appropriate for group teaching. We recommend they are used in the following order:
      Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom
      Kids and the Single Mom: A Real-World Guide to Effective Parenting
      Peace and the Single Mom: 50 Moments of Calm in the Chaos

      All are available with leader’s guides, too. You can read about all of them on our website.

      • Natalia August 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        I only see two ministry kits so would I need to buy that or can I order the 4 book super pack ?

        Will it have questions or topics I can discuss with my group ?

        • TLSMSTAFF August 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

          If you go to the entire store you will see all the books listed as well. The Single Moms Ministry Kit is designed for ministry leaders. It includes extensive training on how to do this type of ministry well, pitfalls to avoid, common mistakes that cause the ministry to fail, ways to train volunteers, how to appeal to unchurched single moms, and grow the ministry, and more. So it’s specifically for the leaders of the ministry. Then, the books are the teaching materials. You can buy the super-pack and get all 4 books, or you can just buy whichever book you need, such as Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom and so on. If you need additional help, please feel free to email our offices directly at

        • TLSMSTAFF August 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm - Reply

          Ck out this link at This is the entire store.

  5. Belinda Lemon February 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    HI I am about to start my single mom ministry in about a month so can you please email me so pointers thanks.

  6. Millie Huerta August 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I want to do I single Mom Bible study. If it goes good, I’d like to start a single Mom mission at my church. Could you recommend a study I can start off with?

  7. Malinda Shepard May 24, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    That statistic of 33 percent. Is that for just Christian single moms? I’m looking to start a single mom’s ministry where I’m at, a single mom myself and a former worship leader. I’ve been shunned by many churches for being divorced and deemed “unfit” to minister even though my ex was an adulterer and an abuser, so I can understand why many single mom’s avoid church because they aren’t accepted. We aren’t embraced and in a lot of cases not even allowed in leadership roles at all. I realize a single mothers group may be the only type of “church” some women may go to and I want to start something that embraces and empowers women like me. It’s a wound in my life and a burden that I lift up, because there are others like me that are feeling lost in their church or not attending at all because they aren’t embraced.

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