Friday, April 29, 2016

3 Things Parents Need

What’s your biggest challenge in Children’s Ministry?  Recruiting leaders?  Safety and security?  Planning events? 

All of those are huge ones for me too, but I have to say my biggest challenge is helping parents. 

As a Children’s Pastor, I get it.  Parents have way more influence over their kids than I
do.   That’s the way it should be.  I don’t want replace a parent’s spiritual influence, but I do want to help them. 

Honestly, though, some days, I just don’t know where to start. 

That’s why I went to the experts.  Earlier this week I got to talk to a guy who really knows
his stuff when it comes to equipping parents, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, professor, pastor, dad and author of several books on family ministry. 

Dr. Jones told me that he surveyed hundreds of parents in dozens of churches and discovered the biggest challenges for ministry leaders.  He said it really comes down to three things:
  • Telling

  • Training

  • Time

I don't know about you, but that fires me up.  That makes me want to figure out what I
can do in my church to tell parents, train parents and help parents make the most of the time they have with their kids.

What would that look like for you? 

If you’d like to learn more, I’d like to invite you to join me for a couple of great opportunities to hear from some of the most experienced voices in family discipleship.

D6 Days - Free Online Training

May 2-3, join thousands of other family ministry leaders for D6 Days, a  free online event.  This is a great chance to learn from the best of the best in family ministry right from your phone or computer.  At D6 Days, Children’s, Student, Family Ministers and Senior Leaders can all catch a fresh vision for how to reach families at this two day online conference.

D6 Connect Tour - An Affordable Live Event

If you’re in the central Kentucky area, come join us at Southland Christian Church, Wednesday, May 25th to meet Timothy Paul Jones, Ron Hunter and other experts in the area of family ministry on the D6 Connect Tour.  

It’s only $19 to hear three awesome speakers, connect with other ministry leaders and enjoy lunch together.  You can learn more about the D6 Connect Tour and register here. 

I hope you’ll join me for one or both of these of these experiences to discover what God may in store for each of us to bless families for generations to come.

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