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.‹ Back to Zones
"I Can't Feel God Today"
What will you say when a little child says to you, “I can’t feel God today”?
"Whether" getting you down?
Find out how you can calm the 'whethers' in your kids' lives, even if you can't control the 'weather'.
Are Hungry Hearts Listening?
How should churches minister to hurting children?
|Children of Divorce
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
Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies
Why do some divorced and single parents lie to their kids? What affect could this have on them longterm? How can you help?
Can Children of Divorce Multi-Task?
Can children of divorce be productive while doing several things at once?
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
Children of Divorce Need YOU to Help Them Manage Their Behaviors
How can you and your volunteers help children deal with stress?
Co-Parenting That Hurts Kids
Co-parenting among divorcing couples is becoming more popular. What can churches do to help?
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?
Creative tips to use when living with or ministering to a traumatized child
A look at what we can do when ministering to, living with or working with a child that has been traumatized.
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
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
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
Do Children Experience Stages of Divorce?
Do children with divorced parents experience stages of grief from the divorce?
|Stages of Grief from Divorce
Do you recognize the behaviors of a traumatized child?
Experiencing a life crisis can lead to some children exhibiting particular characteristics of being “traumatized?”
Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?
Here is a report on how the shape of families shape faith.
|Shaping a Child's Faith
Does your church disciple single dads?
How does your church disciple the single dads in your community?
Effects of Teens of Divorce and How Mobile Devices Complicate Healing
Teenagers of divorcing parents need their parents to work on the relationship, but teens today are replacing these relationships with hyper-connectivity. Here are some important points that parents and ministry leaders need to know.
|Mobile Devices, Teens
Emotional concussions can be just as lethal, and sometimes even more so, than a physical concussion
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
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
Gaming Addiction and Kids of Divorce
Excessive use of video games can become a trap (an addiction) kids get caught in as they try to escape their emotional turmoil.
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?
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
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
How Divorce Affects Children
Here is a list of some ways that divorce affects children.
|Effects of Divorce on Children
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
How Divorce Affects Preschool Age Children
The signs that we should look for to see the effects of divorce on preschoolers.
|Effects of Divorce on Preschoolers
How to walk away from a power struggle with a child!
Find out why kids want to be in a power struggle, what not to do, and when to walk away.
|Divorce Care, Strong-Willed, Power Struggles
Is there a difference between a broken home and a single parent family?
You might question if there is a big difference between broken homes and single-parent homes.
Kids Are Blunt: Parents Shouldn't Get Divorced
Do you know how the kids of divorce within your ministry feel about their parents splitting up? Have you asked them?
No R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for anyone or anything. What do you do?
Should you expect respect from all kids? What about kids who have been through trauma?
|Respect, Divorce Care
One Bird Alone is Like a Single Parent Alone
Is your church caring for the single parents in your community?
Rites of Passages for Children of Divorce
How important are rites of passages for children of divorce?
|Rites of Passage
Single Parents and Summer
How can churches help single parents during the summer?
|Single Parents, Summer
The 3 S's That Can Trigger Unexpected Emotions and Memories at Christmas
Help children of divorce better cope with the holidays by being aware of the things they may be missing this Christmas.
|Christmas, Divorce, Parenting
The Infiltration of Whirlwind Kids -- What Do You Do?
Children are active and have a lot of energy. But some kids are hyper all the time, it seems. Here's what you can do.
|Divorce, ADHD, Grace, Discipline
The Unseen Side of Parenting in a Divorced Home
We all know that there are many issues that a single parent has to deal with in a divorced home, but there is also an unseen side of parenting in a divorced home.
|Unseen Issues, Single Parents
Tips to Help a Child Transition to the Other Parent's Home for the Summer
Read these tips on helping the kids in your church transition between parents' homes for the summer.
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.
Trauma causes toxic stress on the brains of young children. But trauma isn't just seen in those who experience child abuse, neglect or poverty. It also occurs in children of divorce.
|Divorce, Trauma in Kids
Tweens and the Effects of Divorce on Their Lives
Here is a list of the effects of divorce on tweens, and tips for parents and church leaders.
|Effects of Divorce on Tweens
What a Difference a Smile Makes!
Do you smile enough? Do you smile at the kids in your ministry enough? Read here about the benefits of smiling...for you and those around you.
What Would You Do With This Screaming Child?
How do you calm a distraught child? Read these tips from Divorce Care for Kids.
|Divorce, Handling Emotions
When Should the Significant Other Start Disciplining the Kids?
Many children's pastors and children's ministry volunteers want to help single parents and families. Here's helpful advice on who should discipline and how.
|Divorce, Single Parenting, Discipline
When You Wake Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed
Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?
Why Collections Are Important to Children of Divorce
Here are some important reasons why children like making collections.
Why Do Behavior Problems Escalate When There is a Divorce?
Read the causes of unruly kids during and after divorce.