Parents to the Next Level
Some parents are eager and ready
to learn and grow. They want more than the basic things the church
offers. You can equip and even disciple these parents by giving
them plenty of other resources and opportunities to develop their
The following growing list is designed to stimulate
your ministry to parents. As you develop ways to help these parents,
please send us an email and we'll add your ideas to this list
to help other leaders as well.
• Raise your expectations for these parents.
Sometimes, in order to meet the needs of the general population,
those who want more are left wanting. Create a new level of expectation
and in return, give them more. Karl Bastian at Village Church
of Barrington, IL has VIP parents, Very Intentional Parents.
To this group he gives more resources, invites them into the
Sunday School to participate with their kids, and asks for reports
and ideas to pass on to others.
• Provide quarterly parenting events. These might
be one evening, a Saturday, or 2-3 consecutive weekday evenings
for parent training. Present these to your special group of parents
and invite other parents to attend also. Rely on your committed
parents as discussion group leaders or ask them for additional
feedback in the sessions.
• Create a blog, email loop, or idea forum where parents can report
success stories, things that work, and share resources and suggestions
with each other.
• Provide a prayer loop or support group to assist parents as they
face specific challenges with their children.
• Host a parenting fellowship activity where
parents can talk about their kids and brainstorm informally about
solutions. These events help parents with renewed energy to hang
in there and keep doing the hard work of
• Have a "parenting book of the month club"
where parents can look at a helpful resource, place a group order and then receive
it in a week or so.
• As you have success equipping parents, please
tell us what worked and we'll add new ideas to this list. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.