Family Ministry is slowly becoming the norm rather than the exception in the nation’s growing churches. Kids Ministry Leaders are finally coming to the realization that God has not called them to be the “Superhero” and primary spiritual in the lives of the children in their church. Instead, they are recognizing the need to partner with parents, equipping them to step into their God-given role as primary spiritual leaders in the lives of their kids.
You may ask, “But how?” Many churches WANT to start this process of partnering with parents, but just have no idea where to start. While I don’t claim to be an expert, I want to give you 8 vital areas in which we strategically invest in the lives of parents in an effort to partner with them in ministry to their children:
- When parents bring a child to me and ask me to lead him to Christ, I explain to them the joyous opportunity they might be missing. I give them some pointers about how they can talk to their child about Christ and pray with him or her.
- We involve parents in water baptisms for their kids.
- We have a comprehensive strategy to strengthen families. We coordinate our kids’ ministry efforts with the Sunday morning services, the small groups ministry, classes, concerts, seminars, and everything else.
- We coordinate the content for every age group in the church so we’re all studying the same passages and learning similar lessons. This way, parents, children, and teenagers can have meaningful conversations about what they’ve heard in church.
- We include a Family Devotion in the weekly bulletin to give parents a simple, clear tool to lead their children in a spiritual discussion based on Sunday’s message.
- We have started conducting classes to train parents to talk to their kids about important topics, such as salvation, sex, drugs, friends, tragedy and loss, making good decisions, and death.
- We’ve designated every Sunday night as our “Family Service” so kids and their parents can worship together—and we don’t worry about distractions.
- To elevate the importance of the parents’ role, we’ve taught a number of sermon series on family dynamics, communication, forgiveness, understanding, and love. We come back to these important issues regularly and often.
These are just a few ways we partner with parents in my church. What are some of the effective ways YOU have developed? COMMENT and share with the Kidmin community!