A 5-Faceted Monthly Strategy for Partnering with Parents

Last week’s post was all about partnering with parents on a weekly basis in your ministry.

We looked at heroes, gospel, questions, prayers, advice, and sharing lessons.

This week I’ll go into 5 ways to partner with parents on a MONTHLY basis.

So let’s just get right into it.

1. Group Family Devotional on the Bible App

We use Life Church’s curriculum, the original creators of the Bible App, so they make an 8-9 part family devotional that goes with each month’s theme.

If you use another curriculum, you can search for plans that match the theme or emphasis in your Kids’ Church (or you can even choose devotional plans that go along with your Senior Pastor’s sermons series’).

Once you’ve chosen a Bible App devotional plan, here is where it gets really cool.

When you start the plan, you can choose to “Do it with friends” (Up to 150 people can be part of a plan at the same time).

You’ll then receive a link for inviting people to join the plan, which can be shared with anyone.

At that point you can text and/or email it to parents.

Once a family joins the plan, you can see when each participant has completed a day and you can see comments left by families on each devotional.

So basically, you get a fairly accurate measure of exactly how many parents in your church are doing devotionals with their kids every week.

Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

2. Send Birthday Cards with “Phase Sheets”

If you already send birthday cards, this literally requires simply printing a piece of paper and putting it in the envelope with the card.

If you don’t already send birthday cards, this may be a strategic reason to begin.

A few years ago, Orange did a research project to study the development of kids physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually.

The project was called: Just a Phase.

A church took the information from that project and compiled into a single sheet of paper for ages Birth-11.

All we do is print the page for the age a child is turning and include it in birthday card envelope we already send.

Here’s a screenshot of a page with a download link:

3. Have Lunch after Church with At Least 1 Family Per Month

A year or so ago I made a commitment to go out for lunch with a family from church at least one Sunday per month.

Normally, my family and I will go out with a new family to introduce them to us and to get a sense of their needs.

If we don’t go out with a new family, I’ll prayerfully consider what regularly attending family in our church could use some community and encouragement; and I’ll invite them out.

Doing this has made a big difference in both our connection with families in the church, and reciprocally their connection with us.

4. Text or Call Families Who’ve Missed 4 Sundays in a Row

If you do digital check-in, this is probably pretty simple to track.

We use Church Community Builder for check-in, and their online platform literally has a report labeled, “Individual Attendance Missed in a Row.”

The reason we chose 4 weeks is because the average family in our church attends between 1 and 2 times per month.

So if they haven’t come in a month we want check-in to let them know we miss them and that we’re praying for them.

It’s been amazing to see how many times a family shows up the week after we check-in.

5. Family Service the First Sunday of Every Month

The first Sunday of every month, we do a family service.

What this looks like at our church is kids join parents for worship and offering, then parents join kids for the message and a service project.

We believe that it’s important for families to have experiences built around everyone being together.

We also believe it’s important for kids to enter their parents world and parents to enter their kids’ world at church.

We’re blessed at our church to have a super supportive Senior Pastor who has really championed this with us, but I also know the reality that this would be a non-starter for most churches.

Another great option is to have a Family Service on a Friday or Saturday night once/quarter.

Application Question: Which of these strategies can you put into practice right away? What about in the next month?

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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