We as youth ministry leaders care about the faith and future of the next generation.
To properly invest in our students, we know we must engage all parents everywhere. That includes not just the parents in our ministry, but the ones in our community as well.
That’s why as a ministry, we must take intentional steps to equip, empower, and engage every parent everywhere. Because the truth is . . .
If you care about a teen’s future one day, it means you have to care about their family right now.
To take your ministry to the next level, you must engage parents.
You must engage not just the ones who show up at church on a Sunday morning, but also the parents receiving a difficult diagnosis or the ones looking for a counselor for their teenager.
Every parent, everywhere—even if they’re doing some of those things on a Sunday morning instead of going to church.
What’s at stake if we don’t engage parents?
As ministry leaders, our role has a large impact on the families and students in our community. That’s why engaging parents is so crucial. Because if we don’t get this right, there’s a lot at stake.
Parents’ trust in the church is at stake.
Parents trust the church to provide guidance on having faith conversations at home. But if we don’t engage parents, they will start to feel unsupported by the church and our ministries. As a result, trust is lost, and these important conversations with their kids don’t happen.
The church’s influence in the community is at stake.
In order to influence the teens in our community, we must understand what they are going through. The best way to gain this understanding is through engaging with the parents of our students – the ones who are with them every single day. If we don’t, the church will grow in judgmentalism towards parents who are not attending our weekly programming, which will limit students’ everyday faith.
The effectiveness of our kids’ ministry is at stake.
Perhaps one of the most challenging yet crucial aspects of youth ministry is engaging parents. In fact, it’s so important that the effectiveness of your ministry depends on it. In order to make a lasting impact on students and families, it’s something we must prioritize.
What’s preventing us from engaging parents?
The one thing that prevents us from engaging the parents in our communities is trust. Some parents struggle to trust the church. Maybe they assume leaders are judging them or don’t understand their situations. They may doubt their place in the ministry or fear that their unique family dynamic will not be accepted. With these fears, parents may even start to think that they don’t need the church.
So, to engage every parent, we must consider ways to rebuild trust with parents in our communities. It’s important to be honest as a team about the ways you may have broken trust and brainstorm ways to rebuild it. When you come together as a team to address these areas, you will become a more effective kids ministry.
Engaging Every Parent: Rebuilding Trust With Parents Through A Customizable App
Here are a few ideas to improve your youth ministry’s ability to engage every parent, and how Parent Cue App Customization can provide you the tools to rebuild trust each week.
Connect with every parent.
Imagine every parent in your community saying,
“I feel alone. Can you connect me to someone?”
Every parent needs someone who supports their parenting. Our studies show this is one thing that can dramatically help parents become better parents. If they are connected with someone who supports their parenting and understands the unique dynamic of their family, it could truly change everything. Imagine what it could look like if your ministry actually positioned itself to connect parents with someone who can support their parenting efforts.
The great news is that we developed Parent Cue App Customization so that at the click of a button, every parent has access to important ministry information like the name of your ministry, the name of your church, your director’s name, your website, your social links, and your giving button. Anything that you want a parent to know so they can better connect with your church is right there on their phone.
Communicate with every parent.
If we want parents to trust our youth ministries and how we’re investing in their teens, we must maintain communication.
Imagine parents saying,
“I feel really busy. Can you make it easier for me to just know what’s going on?”
There’s no denying that parents have communication coming from every which way. Between school, church, extracurriculars, it can be a little confusing when your information is sporadically coming from different places. What if there was a way you could consolidate communication to one location so that parents always know what’s happening?
The Parent Cue App Customization helps make it easy to simplify and consolidate your communication all in one place. Every ministry’s communication can be housed in the same location right on a parent’s phone, so that it’s accessible at the tip of their finger. They have access to notifications, registration links, or any announcements that you want to make. The best part is they never have to wonder where to find that information.
Cue every parent.
Imagine parents in your community saying,
“I feel overwhelmed. Can you cue me, so I just know what to do this week?”
The majority of parents don’t want another training seminar on parenting. They don’t want to buy a huge resource book detailing everything they need to try. That’s discouraging and overwhelming. Instead, what parents need are small cues that will help them connect with their teen relationally each week to create a relational rhythm at home.
We named it the Parent Cue App for a reason. It comes already loaded with cues every week for students up to age 18, just to help parents create that relational rhythm so that they can speak encouraging words to their kid every morning. So they can rediscover their kid as they travel along the road together. To elevate their conversations at mealtime. To connect with the heart. With app customization, you get full control to customize every cue each week.
Coach every parent.
Parents trust the church to provide support and guidance on their kid’s spiritual growth. And let’s be honest, that is our ministry’s specialty! When parents don’t feel equipped to tackle these faith conversations, you can build their capacity by coaching them.
With app customization, you can coach parents to have better faith conversations every week. The app comes already loaded with Orange content from through age 18, so that means there’s access to memory verses, Bible story videos, and daily devotionals that parents can leverage in order to have faith conversations at home. You can simply push that content directly to parents so that they can access it at any time, or you can customize the graphics, customize the videos, customize the content to best reflect the message that you’re sharing every week in your ministry environments.
To be clear, you don’t have to have a family ministry app to engage every parent everywhere. We just think it makes some things a little easier. That’s why we built the platform, so that you could focus on the relationship. The best way to learn more about the app is to try it free at ParentCueApp.Church.
Youth ministry leader, carry on with the challenging yet transformative work of engaging every parent everywhere. We know it’s not easy, but the future of our students’ faith depends on it.