Building a Communication Strategy to Engage Every Parent

Building a Communication Strategy to Engage Every Parent

America is changing. (I’m sure you’ve noticed.) The days of a “majority” are coming to an end. Multiculturalism is stepping up to the mic to sing its song while monoculture is exiting stage left. I believe that God created us all, and He made us different for a reason. The human race represents a microcosm of a big God who is multifaceted. Each one of our cultures represents another aspect of an amazing God. And when we come together, our unique piece of the puzzle joins with another to... Read More
Four Ideas For Casting Vision To Parents

Four Ideas For Casting Vision To Parents

by Dan Scott There’s a theory in advertising called effective frequency. The idea is fairly simple. A person needs exposure to a product, service, or idea multiple times before they will make a decision to purchase the product or service or subscribe to the idea. While there is no magic number for how many encounters a person needs to have, advertising leaders would say it’s somewhere in the three to seven range, with some suggesting up to 12 times. We live in an information-rich world with... Read More
Time for Kickoff

Time for Kickoff

by Misty Phillips Do you have a game plan to connect with parents this fall? It’s a great way to kick off the fall season since families are back in the swing of school and routines. As leaders, we want to do all we can to help parents create a rhythm with their families as they build on what is taught in church each weekend. Fall is a great time for not only a team huddle, but also connecting with parents to share your game plan in your ministry. Here are a few ideas for your game plan from... Read More
The Parent’s Voice

The Parent’s Voice

Do you have a Parent Advisory Board for your ministry? No matter what age group you’re in charge of, the feedback and guidance of parents can be invaluable. Not only can they help steer the direction of the ministry, influential parents can be the best advertisements for your programs as they encourage their friends and family to attend. Select a small group of parents from a variety of backgrounds (ethnicity, age of children, length of time as a Christian). Invite them to meet with you... Read More
6 Ways to Keep the IRS from Visiting Your Ministry

6 Ways to Keep the IRS from Visiting Your Ministry

by Ryan Reed You need to set healthy financial guidelines and boundaries for your parents in order to secure the long-term fiscal viability of your ministry. Aside from kids growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ, camping and retreat seasons potentially cause two issues in your student ministry: either these events bust your budget and prevent you from doing any other significant events all year, or they fit neatly into the overall scheme of your fiscal year. If I had to choose which... Read More