For the past 7 years, we've partnered with thousands of churches to help them connect to the parents in their church. The fact is that parents are the greatest spritual influence in the lives of the students we serve.
Most of us know that we "SHOULD" be ministering to parents, but don't know "HOW" to do it. Often, we aren't proud of the way we serve and connect with them.
So, what's the problem?
Here are a few areas that ministry leaders drop the ball in parent ministry:
1) Parents don't trust you. Do parents believe you have created a safe ministry environment?
2) Parents are confused. Do parents feel like you offer clear communication?
3) Parents are a problem, and not a partner. Do parents only interact with your ministry when they have a complaint?
4) You have no plan to help parents in crisis. Do parents see your ministry as a place to go when their family is in chaos?
5) Parents are Ignored. Do parents feel like your ministry is all about students and doesn't have anything for them?
6) Parents are not Inspired. Do parents get guilt trips from your ministry, or are they inspired to lead their kid spiritually?
7) Parents don't leave the parking lot. Do parents feel welcome and involved in your ministry, or are they just sitting in the parking lot waiting to pick up their kid?
8) Parents are isolated. Do parents have opportunities from your ministry to meet with other parents who share their struggles and pray for their students together?
9) Parents don't have a leader. Do parents have someone in your ministry that is loving them and lovingly challenging them to grow as the spiritual leader of their student?
We've created Parent Ministry to help you overcome all of these obstacles.
We save you hours of time so that you don't have to create all the resources on your own. So you can spend more time actually building relaionships with students and parents.
As a member, you get "done for you" resources that help parents navigate the crazy childhood and teenage years, understand their son/daughter's world, and spiritually nurture their children and teenagers.
We only open up membership a few times a year...and this happens to be one of those times!
SHARED SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES that parents can lead their kids/teenagers through each year from birth through 12th grade. Each year, parents are given an easy, practical way to infuse faith into the transitions in their son/daughter's life. See the complete list of shared spiritual experiences below:
Monthly encouragement for parents in the form of two customizable pre-written emails, a fully produced video, and text message templates to send parents. Each lesson is centered on solving a parenting pain point. Like all our resources, we leave our name off of everything so you can put yours on it. That way, your parents feel like it's coming from you.
Resources that parents can actually use in their home to lead their kids and teenagers spiritually. We create new Ministry Toolbox resources each month.
You'll get a Parent Ministry website in less than 30 seconds. With a click of the button, you can create an online resource for parents. I know.... crazy, right? It's magic! :)
A private community solely focused on Parent Ministry. Ideas are exchanged, relationships are formed, questions are answered, and no one is left to reach parents by themselves.
Here are a few samples of our parent ministry resources. At the very least, you can download and use them in your ministry. Our hope is that you'll love them so much that you'll want more and become a member.
DOWNLOAD PARENTAL PROVERBS This is a "done for you" resource to give the parents in your ministry. It's a simple and easy way to walk alongside of them in the faith development of their kids. They use this resource to share daily words of wisdom with their kids from the Book of Proverbs. Parents can text them to students, leave a note on their kid's mirror at home, use them as a dinnertime devotion, or whatever works best for them.
DOWNLOAD 52 FAMILY DINNER DISCUSSIONS This is another resource you give to parents. It includes 52 pre-written conversation starters to help parents turn dinner into a fun experience. The goal is to help parents and kids nurture their relationship at dinner time.
DOWNLOAD 20 PARENT ENCOURAGEMENT NOTES As ministry leaders, sending a short, personal note of encouragement to parents is a simple and easy way to show them support. However, you may not always know what to write. That's why we're giving you these 20 short, ready-to-use templates. You can rewrite them by hand to put in a card, or cut-and-paste them into an email, text, or social media message.
KURT JOHNSTON: "Parent Ministry's easy to use, high quality resources have helped make our ministry to parents more effective and easier than ever before. I couldn't recommend Parent Ministry more highly!"
JIM BURNS: "There is an exciting new paradigm shift in the church to partner with parents, and Parent Ministry will help you make a difference. I haven't a found a better or more effective resource to come alongside you to help families in your church succeed."
JOSH GRIFFIN: "Parent Ministry does all the hard work and makes you look like a hero!"
JIM WIDEMAN: "These helpful resources were created by people who have actually worked in a church, and it fits alongside any curriculum you are using. Parents need to know what to do. Parent Ministry shows them year by year, step-by-step and they make your church the hero. I highly recommend it for any size church."
MY MINISTRY IS FOR STUDENTS, WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT PARENTS?
The reality is that parents are the greatest spiritual influence in the life of their kids and teenagers. If you want to make an impact in the lives of kids or teenagers, then wouldn’t it seem important to influence the people who have the greatest influence on them? We don’t believe that you should stop ministering to students. We just know that when you invite parents to share the stage in your ministry, you begin to make a long-term impact in the lives of young people.
I ALREADY USE FAMILY MINISTRY RESOURCES FROM OTHER PLACES.
That’s great! We love our friends who offer family ministry resources. Just like you use multiple resources to reach students, we think you should consider investing in multiple resources to reach their parents as well. You’ll find our resources to be focused on parenting pain points and very simple to use. This makes us unique. Also, we don’t expect you to adopt our system. Our resources will fit alongside any curriculum or system you are already using as a perfect compliment to your parent ministry strategy.
I’M NOT A PARENT, SO THE PARENTS IN MY MINISTRY WOULD NEVER LISTEN TO ME.
If we’ve learned anything from our partnership with over 2,000 churches, we’ve realized that parents don’t want an expert. They want an encourager. You don’t have to be a parent to cheer them on. You are a great resource to a parent, whether you have your own kids or not. You spend way more time around young people than they do, and you are an amazing asset to a parent who’s trying to understand their student. These resources will help maximize your influence with parents, and give you tools to encourage them.
PARENTS DON’T EVEN RESPOND TO MY EMAILS! WHY WOULD THEY WANT THESE RESOURCES?
Yes, parents are crazy busy, and they are flooded with communication from the places where their kids and teenagers are involved. Schools, sports, clubs, and other activities are giving them all kinds of information and it’s overwhelming. Our resources go beyond information, and offer parents inspiration and tools they’ll actually use. Parents may not open your emails asking them to fill out a form, but they might open an email that’s addressing their biggest parenting problem.
I'M NOT SURE YOUR RESOURCES LINE UP WITH OUR CHURCH'S THEOLOGY.
We stay central to the core truths of Christianity and don't focus on denominational differences. We have thousands of churches from many Christian denominations who use our resources with their parents.
I DON'T HAVE THE BUDGET TO PAY FOR A MEMBERSHIP.
We understand you’re on a shoe-string budget. But our experience tells us that if something is a priority, then you’ll find a way. For example, when students want to go on a missions trip and can’f afford the cost, they often do a fundraiser. What better investment can you think of than to help resource and encourage the greatest influencers of the students in your ministry?
I ONLY WANT TO PURCHASE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS, NOT DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES.
Even though we live in a digital world, you might be a bit apprehensive about not actually getting physical products. We get it. The upside of downloadable resources is that you get them instantly and can share them right away with parents in your ministry. And if you experience any download issues, then contact our support team, and we'll be happy to help you right away.
I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH PARENT MINISTRY.
We're a team of experienced children’s and youth ministry leaders who have a heart to equip churches around the world to build an excellent Parent Ministry. Ministering to parents isn't easy, and we exist to make your job easier.
I'M NOT SURE IF I'LL ACTUALLY LIKE YOUR RESOURCES.
No worries, we understand. View some our free resources in the “Sneak Peek At Our Parent Ministry Resources” section near the top of this page. We are not a curriculum. Actually, we're more like a relationship than a resource. Think of it like hiring a Parent Ministy Intern for your church for $39 a month.
WILL PARENTS IN MY MINISTRY ACTUALLY USE THESE RESOURCES?
We’ve designed our resources to inspire parents to try leading their kids and teenager spiritually. We offer parents an opportunity, rather than a guilt trip, when it comes to being involved in the faith development of their student. We’ve learned that parents are still trying to figure out their own relationship with God, so it’s easy for them to opt out of discussing faith with their kids. Attacking this fear with inspiration is the heart behind our resources. So, YES, we believe that parents will use these resources, and families will begin to change when they start talking about faith at home.
CAN I MAKE COPIES OF THESE RESOURCES AND HAND THEM OUT TO PARENTS IN MY CHURCH?
Yes! Actually, that is the point of all these resources. You give them to parents.
WHAT ABOUT PARENTS WHO DON'T GO TO OUR CHURCH? WILL THESE RESOURCES HELP THEM?
Many of these resources are intended to help with issues in the home like navigating technology, planning for developmental transitions, and facing the struggles that kids and teenagers deal with. This offers very real help to these parents that build trust and relationship with those who don’t go to your church. In fact, Parent Ministry has the potential to be one of your best outreach ministries.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A LICENSE TO DISTRIBUTE IN YOUR CHURCH?
It means that as long as you're a member, you can print these resources and hand them out to parents in your ministry. You can attach the resources to an email and send them to the parents in your church. You can show the videos on the screens in your church. You can use the material as part of your lessons or parent seminars that you offer in your church. All we ask is that if your ministry friend in another church wants to use the resources, please don’t share our resources with them. Nor do you share your login with them. Instead, direct them to our website to become a member.
CAN I SHARE THE RESOURCES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
We would love for you to post these resources on your church website and share the links to that site on social media. All we ask is that posted content comes from your church's account, so that it honors our policy of keeping the content within your church’s ministry setting.
CAN I POST THE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE, VIMEO OR SOME OTHER STREAMING SERVICE?
We ask that when you download our videos for use in your church that you don’t upload them publicly on YouTube or Vimeo, or any other streaming service. You are very encouraged to embed the videos on your church website. Please just avoid uploading videos with public access on YouTube, Vimeo, and other streaming services. Our customers operate with amazing integrity and we have not experienced any issues with this, but if for some reason you have questions, you can email - email@example.com for clarification.
DO I HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT?
There are no contracts. You can cancel anytime.
IS THIS A CURRICULUM?
We are resource and not a curriculum. Actually, we're more like a relationship than a resource. Think of it like hiring a Parent Ministy Intern for your church for $39 a month.
WHAT IF I AM USING OTHER PARENT MINISTRY RESOURCES?
You use multiple resources to reach students, so we believe you can use more than one resource to reach parents. There are some amazing resources focused on reaching parents. We hope we get be one of them in your arsenal.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?
As long as you cancel within 30 days, we are happy to refund you.
CAN ANYONE IN MY CHURCH USE IT ONCE I PURCHASE A LOGIN?
Your membership gives you the license to distribute our material freely in your church. All we ask is that if you have a friend in ministry at another church, you'll show them how to buy their own membership.
If you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we'll give you a complete refund up to 30 days after your purchase.
That means there's nothing to lose :)