much involvement do you have with the parents of your ministry's
kids? Do parents simply drop off their children? Or are you
actively teaming up with moms, dads, and guardians to help them
lead their kids spiritually?
Let me encourage you to connect with parents,
let them know that you're on their side, and help equip them to
raise Christian children. Here are three simple, but effective ways
to help equip parents in their mission to show God's love to their
1. Be a blessing. In
his book, The Family Blessing, Rolf Garborg helps
readers understand the power of giving kids a daily word of
encouragement. He helps parents understand why they should bless
their kids, as well as how to make an unforgettable impact on their
"One of the simplest and most powerful ways to
help children know and love God is to give them a daily, concrete
encounter with His power and favor by laying hands on them and
speaking a blessing over them," says Rolf.
Encourage your parents to actually speak
blessings upon their children. With school starting back, now's the
perfect time to get into this bonding tradition.
2. Lunch Box Notes. Like I
said, school's starting back soon, and lunches will soon be packed.
Here's a simple way to give your kids a little something extra to
help boost their spirits at lunchtime. We've created cut-and-pack notes that you can print off and
give to your parents to use the first week of school. These notes
have a word of encouragement and a Bible verse, and can be easily
added to a sack lunch on a busy morning.
3. Keeping Connected.
Communication is key when it comes to equipping parents. You don't
have a lot of time with moms and dads, so it's important to find
quick ways to let them know what's going on at your church, and
give them simple ways they can share God with their kids. I
recommend the Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter. This
monthly, customizable newsletter helps parents with tips to bring
Bible and prayer time into their lives, as well as information on
the best and worst of the media world. Best of all, you can send it
to parents by email so those on the go will stay in the know.
How do you equip the parent's in your
ministry? Have you seen a trend in children's ministry becoming
family ministry? Let us know using the comment section below!