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Reaching Out to Teen Moms

January 18, 2006 by

In the January/February issue of Outreach magazine, Koshy Muthalaly draws our attention to two southern California churches, Soulfarers Community and Epic Church. Each month, 15 to 20 volunteers “shower love and concern on moms as young as 14 years old. The volunteers pamper teen mothers with manicures and haircuts; distribute donated baby basics… and chat over breakfast.”

If this isn’t a simple, clear example of good church marketing, I don’t know what is. What a great approach that puts consoling before condemning–something a lot of people (and churches) could learn from. Including me.

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9 Responses to “Reaching Out to Teen Moms”

  • Rusty Shackleford
    January 19, 2006

    Is that marketing or is it simply kindness? I know that everything includes a little salesmanship, but I doubt that marketing even registered on the radar of these good folks. Maybe they love these girls for the sake of loving them, without worrying about the publicity implications (even if they are positive).


  • alana
    February 13, 2006

    I run a weekly support group and mentoring program for young moms through my church, Riverwood Church Community in Winnipeg, Canada. Walking alongside these young women is the hardest and most amazing experience. I am so proud of my church for truly embracing these young women and their children. The church too has been so blessed by the energy and life these girls bring to our church.We have been able to be part of life transformation – it doesn’t get any better than that.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.


  • Rochenda Walker
    March 1, 2006

    I thank you for your input, we are about to embark on a program for our young moms in our church and it is difficult, but being a young mother myself and raising my children in today’s condemning society – I can truly say that lack of support is one of the main reasons that I did not attend church and my hat goes off to those mothers who, despite, the naysayers – continue to praise God anyway and worship through fellowship. Any input on getting started and succeeding in this program will be welcomed.



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