Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

11-2015

School

School of Religion (1971-2015)

Major

Religion: Pastoral Ministries

Keywords

Single Parent Ministry

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Christianity | Counseling | Personality and Social Contexts | Practical Theology

Abstract

The status of the family dynamic in the church has changed significantly, but the cultural understanding of ministers regarding the dynamic has changed little to none. As a result, the church’s ministry has become ineffective to the single-parent community because of ignorance. The goal of this thesis is to help educate Christian ministers and lay staff on the single-parent family condition and ministry opportunities to serve this demographic. This proposition includes information gained from interviews of single-parents, and ministers with experience regarding single-parents by someone with a single-parent upbringing. Overall, the single-parents interviewed stated that the Christian church is missing ministry opportunities such as mentorship and a helping hand team and is leaving single-parents to feel they do not have a place inside the body of Christ.

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