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Ministry to Parents is all about creating "done for you" resources to help children's & youth leaders BUILD a parent ministry plan; ENCOURAGE parents as they navigate through the turbulent childhood and teenage years, help parents spiritually LEAD their kids and teens, and help you CARE for the soul so you can sustain your ministry call long-term.
For the past 9+ years, we have partnered with thousands of churches to help them connect to the parents in their church. We believe in this mission because parents are the most significant spiritual influence in the lives of students.
Most of us know we "SHOULD" be ministering to parents, but we don't know "HOW" to do it. If that is you, you are not alone! We listened to ministers share about the difficulties behind building a ministry to parents and discovered nine main reasons.
1) Parents don't trust us. Do parents believe I have created a safe ministry environment?
2) Parents are confused. Do parents feel like I offer clear communication?
3) Parents are a problem and not a partner. Do parents only interact with the ministry when they have a complaint?
4) I have no plan to help parents in crisis. Do parents see the ministry as a place to go when their family is in chaos?
5) Parents are left out. Do parents feel like the ministry is all about the students and does not offer anything for them?
6) Parents are uninspired. Do parents receive guilt trips from the 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 the ministry, or do they sit in the parking lot and wait for their students?
8) Parents are isolated. Do parents have opportunities within the ministry to meet with other parents who share similar struggles?
9) Parents don't have a leader. Do parents have someone in the ministry who supports them and lovingly challenges them to grow as the spiritual leader of their students?
We've created Ministry to Parents to help you overcome these obstacles.
We save you hours of planning, so you don't have to create the resources on your own. You can spend more time building relationships with students and parents as well as taking the time to care for your soul (Oh yes! We care just as much about you!).
Watch this video to get a behind the scenes tour of Ministry to Parents Membership:
Ministry to Parents delivers practical content created with excellence, like THE BIG BOOK OF FAMILY MINISTRY GAMES. We want you to try it out, so we are giving away this resource for FREE. Download each item and use them in your ministry. We hope you like them so much you'll want more!
DOWNLOAD "At-Home Family Games" This resource includes 20 games parents can play with their families in the home.
DOWNLOAD "Family Ministry Games" This resource includes 20 games ministers can play with families during their next event at church.
DOWNLOAD "Student Ministry Games (All Ages)" This resource includes 20 games ministers can play with kids of all ages at church.
Each year, we give parents an easy and practical way to infuse faith into the transitions in their son/daughter's life (birth-12th grade).
A parenting resource "done for you" that centers around solving a parenting pain point. Every month you receive a five-minute video full of encouragement and wisdom to pass on to your parents. We also give you two customizable pre-written emails to send to your parents over the month, along with Social Media Posts for Twitter or Instagram.
The Toolbox is a monthly resource that centers around one of our four values on the Ministry to Parents Roadmap. Examples range from a Parent Fortnite webinar to a Parent Event Kit to a Ministry PowerPoint Game.
With a simple push of the index finger, you will receive a Ministry to Parents 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 ministering to parents. You can exchange ideas, form relationships, and ask questions. No one is left to reach parents by themselves.
KURT JOHNSTON: "Ministry to Parents' 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 found a better or more effective resource to come alongside you to help families in your church succeed."
JOSH GRIFFIN: "Ministry to Parents does all the hard work and makes you look like a hero!"
JIM WIDEMAN: "These helpful resources are 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?
Parents are the most significant spiritual influence in the life of their children and teenagers. Because we desire to make a lasting difference in our students, we need to include the parents in our ministry. We don’t stop ministering to students, but rather bring along the parents.
When you invite parents to share the stage in your ministry, you begin to make a long-term impact on the life of the student.
I ALREADY USE FAMILY MINISTRY RESOURCES FROM OTHER PLACES.
That’s great! We love our friends who offer family ministry material. Just like you use multiple resources to teach students, consider investing in a variety of content to reach parents.
You will find our content focuses on FOUR VALUES. We help you build a parent ministry, encourage parents, help parents lead, and care for the soul. This Roadmap makes us unique.
Also, our system fits alongside any curriculum or other material you use and is a perfect complement 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 kids or not.
You spend time around young people, and you are a fantastic asset to a parent who is trying to understand their student. These resources will help maximize the influence with your 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 as organizations flood them with communication about involvement. Schools, sports, clubs, and other activities give them all kinds of information, and it’s overwhelming.
Our resources go beyond information and offer parents inspiration and tools they’ll use. Parents may not open emails with dates and upcoming events, but they might open an email addressing their biggest parenting problem.
I AM NOT SURE YOUR RESOURCES LINE UP WITH THE THEOLOGY OF OUR CHURCH.
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 completely understand many of us lead our ministries with little to no budget. We have had members use creativity to find a way to enroll. One member even found a sponsor within the church. Pass on the website to a few parents and ask if they would consider sponsoring you. They will see a return on their investment!
I ONLY WANT TO PURCHASE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS, NOT DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES.
We understand why you might be a bit apprehensive about not receiving physical products. But the upside of a downloadable resource is that you get them instantly and can share right away with parents in your ministry. And if you experience any download issues, contact our fantastic support team, and they will be happy to help.
I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH PARENT MINISTRY.
We are a team of experienced children, youth, and adult ministry leaders who have the heart to equip churches around the world to build an excellent Ministry to Parents. Ministering to parents isn't easy, and we exist to make your job simpler.
I AM NOT SURE IF I WILL ACTUALLY LIKE YOUR RESOURCES.
No worries, we understand. View a few of our free resources in the “Sneak Peek At Our Ministry to Parents Resources” section near the top of this page. We are not a curriculum company.
WILL PARENTS IN MY MINISTRY 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 students.
We’ve learned that parents are still trying to figure out their 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! Please! Copy away!
WHAT ABOUT PARENTS WHO DON'T GO TO OUR CHURCH? WILL THESE RESOURCES HELP THEM?
Many of our resources help with issues in the home like navigating technology, planning for developmental transitions and facing the struggles of adolescence and childhood. The content offers authentic and applicable help to parents who don’t go to church. Additionally, Ministry to Parents can help build trust and relationships and 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 content 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. All we ask is that if your ministry friend in another church wants to use the resources, please don’t share with them nor share your login. 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 do not upload them publicly on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other streaming service. We encourage you to embed the videos on your church website.
Our customers operate with incredible integrity, and we have not experienced any issues with this, but if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
DO I HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT?
There are no contracts. You can cancel anytime.
IS THIS A CURRICULUM?
We are a company that offers resources rather than curriculum. We are more like a relationship than a resource.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?
As long as you cancel within 30 days, we are happy to refund you.
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 :)