Divorce Ministry Zone

Every year since 1972, over 1 million children have seen their parents divorce. Countless more have seen the dissolution of their parents' (or step-parents') cohabiting relationships. Currently, about 40% of kids live in an arrangement other than with their married biological parents, and studies show that less than 50% of kids will reach their 18th birthday having always lived with their married biological parents. The effects of divorce and parental relationship transitions are well documented. They include poorer emotional, psychological, social, criminal, economic, and sexual outcomes. These kids are at risk, and both the church and children's ministers must be prepared to minister to these kids and stand in the gap to help them when their natural support system (their family) is falling apart. The Divorce Ministry Zone is sponsored by DivorceMinistry4Kids.com and Blog.dc4k.org.

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All Access Dealing with the Effects of Divorce on Kids

A parent and children's worker's guide to dealing with the wide range of emotions that are felt by children of divorce.

The Effects of Divorce on Children's Emotions
All Access Training Your Volunteers on How to Work With Children of Divorce

Here are some ways that you can train your volunteers to help them minister to children of divorce or children from single-parent homes.

Training Volunteers
All Access "I Can't Feel God Today"

What will you say when a little child says to you, “I can’t feel God today”?  

Divorce Care
All Access Are You Flying Over Mission Fields to Get to the Mission Fields?

Do you know where YOUR mission field is?

Divorce Care, Single Parents, Local Missions
All Access Can Children of Divorce Multi-Task?

Can children of divorce be productive while doing several things at once?

Multi-tasking
All Access Children of Divorce and Overcoming Anger at God

This is a study of the anger that so many children of divorce feel towards God for letting their family fall apart.

Anger Towards God after Divorce
All Access Co-Parenting That Hurts Kids

Co-parenting among divorcing couples is becoming more popular. What can churches do to help?

Bad Co-Parenting
All Access Co-Parenting the Divorce Way

Co-parenting is becoming the norm for divorcing couples and couples who are involved in cohabitation situations. But what exactly is co-parenting?

Co-Parenting
All Access Dealing with Challenging Kids at VBS

With VBS coming up, attitudes and conversations can make a difference when you have a rambunctious group of kids.

Divorce, Discipleship, Difficult Kids
All Access Discipleship Ideas for Divorced and Single Parents

When discipleship is the strategy, Deuteronomy 6:6-8 can be a reality, even for single and divorced parents. 

Divorce, Discipleship, Single Parents
All Access Do Children Experience Stages of Divorce?

Do children with divorced parents experience stages of grief from the divorce?

Stages of Grief from Divorce
All Access Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?

Here is a report on how the shape of families shape faith.

Shaping a Child's Faith
All Access Does your church disciple single dads?

How does your church disciple the single dads in your community?

Divorce Care
All Access Family Ministry: Single Parents

There are many single parents in our world today. How do we, the church, help those parents to raise their kids? We can do these two things.

Ministry to Children with Single Parents
All Access Fear in Children of Divorce Can Cause Behavior Issues

Did you know that fear in the child of divorce can cause behavior issues?

Divorce, Fear, and Behavior Issues
All Access Glad You Found Jesus - Goodbye and See You Around

Once children accept Christ, what does your ministry do in order to keep them growing in their newfound faith?

Divorce,
All Access Help! We Have an Unruly Kid and Nothing Works!

It can be so frustrating when you have one kid or a couple of kids that disrupt the entire group. Everything you’ve learned about classroom management has been tried and the kid is still out of control. What do you do?

Discipline, Listening, Controlling your classroom
All Access Helping a mean or hurtful child

Children often respond to trauma by lashing out in anger. Linda Jacobs from Divorce Care for Kids recommends the use of the "grace card" to help a child heal.

Divorce, Dealing with Anger, Grace, Discipline
All Access How Divorce Affects Children

Here is a list of some ways that divorce affects children.

Effects of Divorce on Children
All Access How Divorce Affects Infants and Toddlers

Infants and toddlers are affected by divorce in several ways. They don’t know what is going on, but they do sense something is wrong, and they show this in several different ways.

The Effects of Divorce on Infants and Toddlers
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