by the Thrive Leaders
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
“There are approximately 15 million single mothers in the country today, and depending on what report you read, some suggest as many as 25 million. The single-parent home is the fastest-growing sector of our population. A child today is just as likely to be born outside marriage as within. Divorce rates still hold at roughly fifty percent. And there are grim statistics of poverty, low education, high crime, drug use, and more that plague many single parent homes. Perhaps the most staggering statistic of all is that two out of three single moms in the country today do not actively attend a local church”. ~ Jennifer Maggio
James 1:27 calls the Church to care for the orphans and widows; we believe single parents are included.
Being a single mom is hard. We are trying to be both mom and dad for our kids. We often struggle with feeling “less than” and unworthy. Suddenly, we find ourselves with this new label of “single mom”, and we begin to feel that we don’t fit or belong at church. We see the label of “single mom” as our scarlet letter, and struggle to feel worthy of belonging.
Unfortunately, this experience is not uncommon for single moms, and the statistics show it. Single moms are the fastest group falling away from the church today. To help reverse this trend, and reach every man, woman, and child, the church can foster relationships with single parents and show them that there is hope and family, and they are worthy.
This is part of a continuing series on our Thrive ministry. For more information on how to care for single moms, check out the Thrive ministry page for the complete list of posts! Thank you for your support of this ministry!