MOPS International announces Rebrand to 'The MOMCo'
Locally, The MOMCo meets at the Sidney Evangelical Free Church
SIDNEY -- MOPS International, a Denver-based Christian ministry providing a mom community to mothers of young children around the globe, announced in September that it will rebrand to “TheMomCo by MOPS International” in Spring 2024 at the start of the new ministry planning year.
President and CEO Mandy Arioto announced the news to a crowd of 5,000 MOPS leaders, mentors and member moms in Chicago for the annual leadership conference.
“The steadfast piece of MOPS has always been to create a mom community that offers mothering resources and the opportunity to encounter Jesus. We were the pioneering mom community with this mission in the 1970s. We grew to a USA-reach mom community and then into a global mom community, a military mom community, a mentor mom community, a MOMSnext mom community, a working mom community and even an online mom community. We introduce moms to Jesus through mom community, where moms of little ones can thrive. Therefore, our new name is shorthand for The MomCommunity. We are ‘The MomCo by MOPS International!’”
Two of the Denver women who founded MOPS in 1973 endorsed the news via video message:
“MOPS has always been a safe place to admit you have needs,” stated Maxine Schideler.
“God, you have done such work, and you can tell he’s not done yet, at all,” commented Jan Horner.
“Get ready for something new,” commented Jan Horner.
Also, voicing support for the rebrand were current and former leaders and employees of the 50-year-old women’s ministry that has groups in all 50 states across America and in 75 countries around the world, with materials translated into 20 languages. The group initially focused only on MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), meaning mothers with children younger than age 5. Now, it includes gatherings of moms of school-age children through a subgroup called MomsNext, and has a mentoring role for moms in later seasons.
“Essentially, we have outgrown our original acronym” explained Arioto. “Our board and staff have been aware for nearly 10 years that there was a growing disconnect between our name and our actual reach, and confusion regarding “who is a mom of preschoolers,” as more children start school early. Moms of newborns were not understanding that our groups included them and moms with school-aged children requested the additional reach into those next mothering years. Pastors wanted a more intuitive connection to serving the mothers of their communities that did not imply mopping a floor! All of this and translation challenges impacting our global groups, led us to consider updating our name to fully reflect who we are and what we do while still retaining our legacy.”
“Our mission has not changed,” added board chairman, Greg Bowlin. “We still exist to encourage and equip moms of young children to reach their potential as moms, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus and in partnership with the local church. We will continue this trusted partnership with churches around the world as we move into the next 50 years. This new name is built on a strong legacy of biblical integrity and community building.”
MOPS leaders and churches will be receiving all the transition information they need over the next few months, and “The MomCo by MOPS International” will be implemented by all MOPS groups starting in April 2024.