Reactivating Parents Every Year

Reactivating Parents Every Year

Kids are changing fast. As important as it is for churches to stay connected to kids as they grow, it’s even more important for parents to do so. What parents know Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage that the church will never have related to the future of a child: A parent has history. Parents know their child’s patterns, tendencies, preferences, and behaviors better than... Read More
How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

Every kid, in every phase, is changing in six ways. They’re changing . . . physically. mentally. culturally. relationally. emotionally. morally. We can’t talk about all of those changes in this short blog post, but we do want to talk about a few of them. Let’s start with some of the obvious changes. PHYSICAL CHANGES As kids grow, some changes are easier to see than others. Like . . . when you see that preschooler take a step for the first time. When you could swear that elementary-aged kid... Read More
Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

If you’re reading this right now, we probably have a few things in common. You’re probably an adult. You probably like kids and teenagers. You definitely care about influencing the faith of those kids and teenagers. And you probably agree that the best way to influence a kid’s faith is to influence the people who influence them most—like their parents and their small group leaders. If you’ve been in ministry for more than a few months, then you probably understand something else too—that kids... Read More
How To Inspire Leaders To Show Up

How To Inspire Leaders To Show Up

If no volunteer can ever know what a parent knows about a kid, why recruit anyone to help lead kids and teenagers? You could just tell parents, “Since you know more than we can ever know, and you have more time than we will ever have, and you care more than we ever will, then this is really up to you as the parents.” WHY NOT JUST PARENTS? While parents are and should be the primary influence in their kid’s lives, research, experts, and statistics suggest kids who have other adults in their... Read More
How To Keep Staff And Leaders On The Same Page

How To Keep Staff And Leaders On The Same Page

by Emily Meredith Whether you have four full-time staff on your family ministry team or a handful of committed volunteer coaches, keeping everyone on the same page across all of your ministry areas is a very big deal. So how DO you keep staff on the same page when it comes to reaching the next generation? One big way is by championing the need for every staffer or volunteer leader to be both a specialist AND a generalist. Let me explain. SPECIALISTS AND GENERALISTS A specialist stays focused... Read More