Nobody influences the life of a child more than a parent. But nobody influences the life of a parent more than the church. If the church wants to influence kids, they can’t forget about leveraging the influence that parents have parents.
On today’s episode of the podcast, Reggie Joiner joins us to paint a picture of the importance of engaging with parents during their child’s faith journey. Then, we’re joined by Sherry Surratt as she talks about the practical ways to partner with parents.
Welcome to Episode 003 of the Think Orange Podcast.
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange (The reThink Group). He has co-written three parenting books, Don’t Miss It, Playing for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including A New Kind of Leader and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Georgia with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.
Sherry Surratt is the Executive Director of Parent Strategy for Orange. She is the author of several books including Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears, and Just Lead! A No Whining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church. A shoe freak and coffee lover, Sherry resides in Denver, Co with her husband Geoff who is Pastor of Church Planting at Southeast Christian. She has two grown children and two incredibly gorgeous granddaughters.
Quotes from This Episode
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
1. Nobody influences a child more than their parents.
As ministry leaders, we may feel like we spend a lot of time with the kids in our church. However, studies show that over the course of a year, we only spend about 40 hours with a kids. Compared to parents, who get 3,000 hours, our time with kids is limited. If we want to influence the life of a child, we have to connect with and influence parents.
2. Nobody influences parents more than the church.
Parents look to the church to help them understand what’s happening in their child’s life stage. If the ultimate goal is to have children enter into a life-long walk with Christ, and nobody influences children more than parents… then the church needs to think about how they can influence the parent. This is can happen through genuine interest in getting to know parents and connecting with them when they need it most.
3. Find natural ways to connect with parents—on their schedule.
Sherry talks about the natural inflection points in a parents’ year. The start of a new school year in the fall, the holidays, the busy spring and start of summer. Find ways to connect with parents about their children during the times when they are thinking the most about the start of a new phase. Learn more at theparentcue.org
Conversation Starters For Your Church
How are we, as a church, engaging with parents and leveraging the influence that they have with their kids to impact their child’s faith?
What are three ways we can better partner with parents in our mission of helping kids have a relationship with Jesus?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
Join Us Next Week
Thank you for listening to the Think Orange Podcast. We’ll be back next week with a new episode featuring Reggie Joiner. He’ll be sharing the first essential component to needed for your church to influence the next generation. We’ll also have a conversation with Carey Nieuwhof about how to get your team on the same page.
We hope you’ll join us for next week’s episode. More importantly, we hope that when you think next generation, you think Orange.