Sunday Morning Strategies: An Introduction

Sunday Morning StrategiesHere at Hope 4 Hurting Kids, we strive to resource individuals who work with kids to help the hurting children in their lives. Those adults include parents, grandparent, other relatives, teachers, coaches and many others who have the ability to influence the course of a child’s life. Another important group are the dedicated men and women who work with kids week in and week out at churches all over the world. Sunday Morning Strategies is a series for those children’s pastors and children’s ministry workers to help equip them to serve children from disrupted families more effectively.

It’s easy to talk to churches about starting programs like Divorce Care 4 Kids or The Big D or referring teens to sites like I Am A Child of Divorce, but one of the biggest questions we get asked by people who work in children’s ministry regularly is:

What can I do on a Sunday morning to help these kids?

People who work with kids have some of the most tender hearts I have ever encountered. I have been blessed to work with these people week in and week out for years now and to meet hundreds of other children’s pastors and children’s ministry workers from around the country and the world. When you talk to these children’s ministry workers about children of divorce they will naturally empathize with them and desire to help them however they can, but many of them just do not know how or what to do.

That is why we are starting a brand new series here on Hope 4 Hurting Kids called Sunday Morning Strategies. In this series, we will present practical ideas about how children’s pastors and children’s ministry workers can help children from disrupted families (whether that be divorced, separated, blended or any of the other varieties of modern families around today) in a traditional Sunday morning setting. Whether your church has a traditional Sunday School setting for kids, a small group/large group format or mixed Sunday morning services which include both adults and kids together, we hope that the tips in this series will provide you with practical ideas that you can implement in your church to minister to this hurting portion of your congregation.

Come back on Mondays throughout the summer, and perhaps beyond, to find new tips and techniques each week. Sunday may just now be over, but we promise it’s coming again soon.

We hope that you will engage in this series by commenting with your own experiences!

This article is updated and adapted from an article originally published on Divorce Ministry 4 Kids on April 22, 2013.

Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families. Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids' other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son's soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship). You can reach Wayne at wayne@hope4hurtingkids.com.