MOPS is an international organization. There are more than 3900 MOPS groups meeting across the United States and in 35 countries around the world. MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges.
MOPS groups are chartered through local faith-based organizations, including churches and parachurch ministries. While each group is different, the MOPS program is built on several foundational principles:
- Welcoming to all Women: We’ve all been placed in this time and place in history, as the tribe of women raising the world. And the beauty is we don’t have to all agree with one another but everyone is in, and we need each other.
- Mentoring: Sometimes we need a mature woman who has been there, done that, to bounce ideas off of. That’s why we love our mentor moms, they have sage advice and willing ears.
- Honest Conversation: Real talk is liberating. It frees us from assumptions that we are alone in our struggles.
- Relevant Teaching: We provide hope filled, inspired speakers to encourage us as mothers and give us new tools to use in our role as Mom.
- Leadership Development: Women who are involved in MOPS gain confidence in their leadership skills through the training and experience they receive from MOPS.
- Discussion: The intimate and accepting atmosphere of a small group offers moms a chance to share their successes, failures, questions, and concerns. It is during these times that a mom realizes that she is not alone, and lifelong friendships are formed.
- Teaching: Topics presented at MOPS meetings celebrate motherhood and meet a mom’s unique needs during this season of life.
- Creative Activities: Through creative projects and crafts, women are encouraged to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with trying and finishing new things.
- MOPPETS: During most MOPS meetings, children are cared for in a program called MOPPETS, where they experience love in a preschool-like setting.