This is the final part of specific ideas to make your ministry more family-friendly.
Here’s a few more ideas that will help you win with parents and clearly communicate your desire to help them.
6. WORK THE PARKING LOT
At the end of a program, go out to the parking lot and be visible to parents. Talk to them, build relationships, and speaking encouraging words about their child. Don’t worry, you can clean up the youth room after everyone has gone home (or create a team of teenagers to do it for you while you’re out talking to parents). You only have a short window of time to be with parents. Your ministry wins big when parents know they have regular and easy access to a leader. You don’t want to be that invisible youth worker who kids talk about but their parents never see.
7. RESOURCE THEM
Point parents toward good books, websites or seminars that are helpful to you as a youth worker. If you’re not a parent of teenagers, be careful about offering parenting advice. Obviously, you know youth culture and have your “pulse” on organizations that provide free resources. Point parents in that direction. You might consider getting them the FREE HomeWord Culture Brief that comes out every Friday.
8. SET THEM UP TO WIN IN FAITH CONVERSATIONS
Keep parents in the loop on what you’re teaching so they know what their kids are learning at church. Either email, text, or provide a few questions on your website that are tied to your youth group teaching. When faith education makes its way into the home (where it ultimately belongs) you’ve helped families. I realize not every parent will take you up on this service, but the few who will… they’ll be grateful. Go simple: 2 specific questions they could ask their child. Big win!
Question: Of the 8 ideas… which idea aren’t you doing that seems most realistic to begin doing? Share your thoughts here.