At an administrative level, MOPS groups are run by churches as a ministry and outreach to young families in their community. The chartering church appoints a leadership team for their MOPS group.
At the group level, MOPS is run by mums, for mums! Each group has a leadership team made up of women who are themselves mothers of preschoolers, with the exception of the MOPS Kids Team Leader and Mentor who are more mature mums.
MOPS Leadership Team Roles
- Coordinator: Leads the Leadership Team and, with her team, plans the MOPS meetings and welcomes mums. She acts as a liaison between MOPS Australia and the Chartering Ministry.
- MOPS Mentor: Mentors mums in the group and supports and encourages the Leadership Team. A mature woman, she brings godly perspective on mothering, womanhood and relationships.
- Discussion Group Team Leader: Leads a team of Discussion Group Leaders who facilitate discussion between mums in a safe and accepting environment.
- MOPS Kids Team Leader: Oversees the MOPS Kids ministry—recruits, trains and supports MOPS Kids carers.
Additional leaders can be added, as required, to support the MOPS Leadership Team, including in the areas of finance, hospitality, publicity, creative activities and caring for children.
Leaders are appointed by, and are accountable to, the chartering church. MOPS Australia provides a Leader Handbook and other resources to help churches recruit and equip leaders.
MOPS Australia recommends ChildSafe standards to MOPS groups, MOPS leaders and chartering churches.