Ministering to Teenage Moms
MOPS International is not only meeting the needs of moms of preschoolers, but has launched out to include teenage girls who find themselves trying to fill the role of “mom” while they are still growing up themselves.
There are just under 100 Teen MOPS groups in the U.S. and Canada that provide a faith-based, supportive, nonjudgmental environment where teen moms can come together for support and encouragement. In Teen MOPS, the teaching, activities, and friendships are all focused on the needs of teenagers. Teen MOPS helps teen moms become more self-sufficient, confident, mature, giving, and self aware young women.
Teen MOPS groups can meet in public schools or community centers, as well as in churches, and often meet twice a month for teaching and/or activities. All meetings encourage young mothers to voice their frustrations, fears, and joys while knowing that their children are well taken care of in the MOPPETS program.
The ministry offers biblically-based teaching by women past their teen years who can share insights on motherhood, childrearing, relationships, and other topics of interest to teen moms. There are also discussion groups in an open and caring atmosphere, a craft time, leadership training and development, and an opportunity to build friendships both with other teen moms and MOPS mentors. The MOPPETS program for the children focuses on Christian love and teaching.
Starting a Teen MOPS ministry can offer life-altering benefits to young mothers as you help them stay in school, become better moms, develop leadership skills, choose healthy relationships, and develop positive support and influence.
If you would like to find out how you can start a Teen MOPS ministry in your church or community, contact MOPS International by calling 303-733-5353 or emailing info@MOPS.org. A five minute video that shows how Teen MOPS is making a difference in the lives of young mothers, their children, and the women who lead them is available for $2.99 on the website.