In this episode, Linda Ranson Jacobs shares her experience with serving and ministering to single parents and families of divorce. After experiencing divorce and life as a single parent, Linda has gained both personal and ministerial insight into how the local church can partner with more families.
Linda Ranson Jacobs
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Questions to ask when there are behavioral challenges:
- Who brought the child into your ministry?
- What mood was the child in when they arrived?
- What caused the altercation that prompted the challenging situation?
Helpful hints when working with children in divorced/single-parent homes:
- Let kids talk about their blended family at church
- Ask about both parents
- Let them know you see their situation and they are not alone
- Help them know that divorce is not their fault
- Create a safe space – tell them “You are safe here.”
What are some things church leaders should know about partnering with parents in a unique way?
- Pastors need to be aware that not all families are not nuclear families
- Pray hard, especially when you hear about a potential divorce
- Go to the parent and ask how you can help (offer to go to games together, or attend concerts at school)
- Offer to babysit
- Take the family out for a meal
- Turn blog into training
- Her book for single parents
- Check out DC4K.org
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