Baptist Pastor Desiree Allen was beyond surprised when she found out that she was not only pregnant out of wedlock, but with twins. Instead of allow herself to be “slut shamed” she vowed to bring the word of God until she could “no longer waddle onto stage.” Her Senior pastor and fellow staff have stepped in with love and support rather than condemnation.
Why this story matters for church leaders: Few choices are more visible than an unplanned pregnancy, and few situations are met with more controversy. What does it look like to be more supportive of single parents, regardless of their position in the church?
- For whom is your ministry targeted? Does your hospitality team go out of their way to help single parents get in the door on a Sunday morning? What would it look like to make improvements in this area?
- Leadership voices– Do you have diversity of income and parental status on your committees and boards to ensure that your community is serving effectively?
- The gossip mill– A situation like Desiree’s is sure to bring about gossip, is it time to address this in your congregation?
How is the spirit leading you or your family to serve single parents?
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