8 Ways Children’s Ministry Benefits Families
- It supports godly parenting. The church was never meant to be the exclusive faith teacher of children. Instead, God’s plan was for the two institutions (church and family) to form a partnership
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Be intentional about helping parents fulfill their calling. Involving them in the ministry, providing resources and offer parents training in family discipleship.
- It helps nudge some parents into more faithful attendance. Usually, parents become more involved in the church when their kids become more involved in the children’s ministry.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Look for families on the fringe and work to get their kids more active in our programs.
- It brings unchurched families in contact with the Gospel. In our culture, reaching children is one of the most effective ways to make contact with unchurched families.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Be intentional about family outreach and follow-up. Make a plan, share it with your pastor and stick to it.
4. It helps new families get connected with the church. Even when a new family comes into the church, they still need help to get plugged in.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Recruit new members to serve in our programs (or somewhere else if they aren’t a good match).
5. It helps identify families that may benefit from biblical counseling. Often in working with kids, we discover deeper problems at home that need biblical counseling.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Work closely with our pastors (or counseling ministry) to refer families for help.
6. It helps dads get involved in the church. For various reasons, fathers have a difficult time getting connected with the church family. One great way to bridge this gap is to use kids’ sports ministries.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Explore programs like Upward Basketball as a tool to for outreach and father assimilation.
7. It provides families with meaningful shared experiences. This is true especially when the whole family can participate in events like VBS or summer camp.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Be aware of the potential for families to build traditions through our programs.
8. It helps answers those hard question. Almost every week a child will come to me with a religious question that has stumped their parents.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Even while answering the question, reinforce parental teaching authority. Help parents to find resources that will answer future hard questions.