SIDEBAR: Meet the Needs of the Divorced


Deliver assistance to individuals in areas where there is the greatest need. Note: These services apply to many other situations within the church as well (e.g. single parents, grieving families, older adults, or those affected by disability/illness). Those who are experiencing divorce, however, do not necessarily fit into any of these categories and thus churches often overlook or ignore their needs. Address their needs in practical ways — financially and tangibly. Consider providing the following services as individuals make the transition to being single, and are without the skills, time, and/or resources their spouses once provided. While providing the service, teach the recipients how to become self-sufficient, where feasible.

  • Minor household repairs/maintenance
  • Painting — interior and exterior
  • Lawn care/mowing/trimming
  • Leaf cleanup and removal
  • Snow shoveling and/or plowing
  • Meal preparation for the most difficult days
  • Automobile repair/tune-up
  • Oil changes/fluid checks (Some churches make this part of an outreach ministry on a Saturday, combining it with programs or activities for children.)
  • Moving assistance
  • Child care to provide time for parents’ appointments, errands, etc.
  • School supplies (throughout the year, rather than just the beginning)
  • Homework/tutoring help
  • Mending/sewing
  • Tax return preparation
  • Budgeting/money management/financial advice
  • Job search/application and resume preparation
  • Basic job skills training for those who must reenter the workforce
  • Prepare and offer a referral list of resources. This could include books, websites, and the names and numbers of local Christian professionals (legal, financial, counseling, etc.).
  • Provide a resource library of books and workbooks for adults, teens, and children. Include devotionals and journals that specifically address divorce.