School of Religion (1971-2015)
Religion: Pastoral Ministries
Single Parent Ministry
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Counseling | Personality and Social Contexts | Practical Theology
Walker, John E. II, "A How-To Guide to Single-parent Ministry: An Inside Look to the Single Parent World in the Christian Community" (2015). Senior Honors Theses. 554.
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.