Five Foundational Principles to Help Single Parents
- Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Single parents and their families have value. God loves single parent families and in Him they are made whole. Embrace the full meaning of Psalm 68:5 (“I will be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless”) that God has stepped into the gap and completed the single parent family.
Don’t let anyone tell your single parents that all they need is a new spouse! Blending a family is hard work! Make it possible for single parents to stay single until their kids are out of the home. Supply the single parent’s need for relationship in your ministry so they don’t feel compelled to date or get re-married until the kids are grown. What single parents need more than another spouse is a supportive church that views them as whole. Instead of being pressured to remarry, single parent homes should be viewed as families and should be equipped to function as families. The kids need time and energy and love. God can be a husband and a father—God can complete the single parent family!
Churches should be called on to fulfill James 1:27 which says, “Pure and undefiled religion is to visit widows (single parents) and orphans (kids in single parent or blended families) in their distress.”
One way of reinforcing the concept that single parent families are whole and valued is to place single parent families into the Family Ministry of the church. Make sure that the Family Pastor has a heart for non-traditional families first. Single parents are not “Single Adults with Kids.” Single parent families are a family that just so happens to be un-married. Single parent families are not half a family. Single parents don’t have kids growing up in a broken family. A single parent family is a whole family experiencing brokenness.
Living life as a single parent can be extremely difficult, but with the help of leaders in the church and believers in the church coming alongside, the burdens can become lighter. Becoming the bridge for single parents and their children—enabling them to find hope and healing in Christ—is one of the most rewarding acts today’s church can perform. The need is huge but the benefits—both now and for the future—are enormous
The Center for Single Parent Family Ministry (founded by Gary Sprague) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2003, led by a Board of Directors and supported by an Advisory Council. Today, we humbly follow where God is leading in order to bring about hope and healing in the lives of single-parents and their children, the modern-day widows and orphans (James 1:27).
Publication date: September 18, 2012
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