Church + Parents = A Greater Influence
August 22, 2019 | Hannah Shaffer
Many people know that parents are the biggest influence in a child’s life. Knowing this should push the church to want to partner with parents. When the church and parents work together to reach children for Christ, the influence can be even greater.
Every child needs to have the Word of God pressed into their lives on a daily basis, but since most children are only in the church building one to two hours a week, the church, staff, and volunteers are not able to make this happen alone. But when the church works with parents and parents work with the church, we can work to make this happen.
So what does that mean for the Children’s Ministry? It means that we provide information, resources, and opportunities for parents to be able to influence their children for Jesus. It also means that the staff and volunteers interact with parents on a weekly basis. We work to update parents on what their children are learning and how they can take that conversation home.
What does that mean for parents? Parents should lean into the Children’s Ministry. Utilize what is provided for them and the people who are there to help. Get to know the teachers and helpers in the class. Ask for additional resources and look into the opportunities provided.
Before I began working in Children’s Ministry, I would have said that the most important job for a leader in Children’s Ministry is to get to know the kids: get to know their personalities, traits, likes, dislikes, and most importantly what they believe about Jesus.
Throughout the last six years in ministry, however, I have learned that it is just as important to get to know the parents as it is the kids. I have learned that by partnering with parents you can learn so much about the kids that you may never have learned. You also learn about the family lives and what the kids, parents, or families are struggling with. You are able to make an impact not only on kids, but on whole families!
So if you are a volunteer in the church, learn the importance of partnering with parents. And if you are a parent in the church, learn the importance of partnering with the Children’s Ministry team. Together we can make a greater influence on the children of Grace!