A Way to Partner with Parents Digitally AND Personally
You want to partner with parents.
You believe in partnering with parents.
You even say you partner with parents…and of course you do insofar as you can figure out how to.
But it’s becoming increasingly difficult.
Parents are so busy whisking off to the next thing like work, school drop-offs and pick-ups, play dates, meals, carpools, sports, dance classes, grocery shopping, and bill paying that us Kid’s Pastors are lucky if we get two 30-second time slots once a week.
That’s just 1 minute a week!
How are we supposed to partner with parents with so little time?
The answer lies outside of Sundays in the digital world, and it’s super simple.
Every Sunday in our Small Group time we ask the kids 3 things: 1) Did you start following Jesus? 2) Did you hear from God today? 3) Do you have any prayer requests?
Then the leader writes down the names and prayer requests of any kids who responds.
And later that day or on Monday, each Small Group Leader texts the parents of the kids who responded.
So if Billy said he started following Jesus, his Small Group Leader will text Billy’s mom and dad something like: Hey Alex and Beth this is Tim, Billy’s Small Group Leader. I just wanted to let you know that Billy shared that he started following Jesus today in our Small Group! Yay! If you have any questions, just let me know.
Here’s some really practical steps we used to set this up.
When parents register their kid for the first time, we get their phone numbers, which then goes into our church database (we use CCB), and the kids are put in the Kid’s Church Group (This is where our Small Group leaders find parents’ phone numbers).
Next, we communicated to our Small Group leaders that we want parents to be engaged with what’s happening spiritually in their kids lives, and since we’re a really good barometer of that, we want to start pushing that out to parents (Our leaders loved this idea because it was simple, but it made their roles so much more meaningful).
Finally, every Sunday a couple hours after our last service, we text every Small Group leader reminding them to text parents and giving them a link to the Kid’s Church Group (if you don’t use CCB, you could just use a Google doc you update with any new kids) where they can look up parent’s phone numbers (This makes it really simple for volunteers to do).
An added bonus to doing this is the scalability of it; no matter how big you get, the most texts any one person is going to have to send on a given Sunday is 8-10, and it helps build really meaningful relationships between Small Group Leaders and Parents without hosting parties, sleepovers, BBQs, or attending every kids sport or activity.
How do you connect with parents digitally? Leave a comment!
And if this helpful, I would really appreciate if you spread the word by sharing below or on Facebook!
Latest posts by Brandon Horst (see all)
- 8 Fun & Free Ideas for Mixing Up Large and Small Groups - October 5, 2017
- 12 Community Service Projects Kids Can Do in Small Groups - September 28, 2017
- Free “Phase” Guides to Give to Parents for Kids’ Birthdays - September 21, 2017