In a recent review of the "State of Family Ministry" research we conducted this year for Children's Ministry Magazine, our staff was once again intrigued by the dichotomy between how children's ministers rate themselves and how parents rate the children's ministers in efficacy.
Parents give children's ministers an A. When asked, "How would you rate how well your church partners with you as a parent to train your children spiritually?"...43 percent of parents said "very well," 36% said "pretty good." (That's a B.)
Children's ministers give themselves a C. When asked, "How would you rate how well your church partners with parents to train their children spiritually?"...45% said "average," and only 7.5% said "very well."
Why the divide? Why do you think children's ministers have a more negative view of their family ministry effectiveness than parents do?