My good friend and brilliant youth worker, Carlos Devitis, from Peninsula Covenant Church established one of the best ministry ideas I have heard in a long time. In fact, it is so great, I am actually stealing an idea from him for once and implementing it in my own ministry.
Once a month, or at least 4-6 times a year, we are going to invite our parents to join us on our Wednesday night youth group extravaganza. Now, I am not totally sure what Carlos does, but the way we are working it out in our context is like this:
- Youth Group happens just like normal for our middle and high school students
- While the students are getting after it, parents will meet downstairs.
- The parents will have dessert and coffee, a small mixer and then a discussion led by me.
- This month our topic is "loving your unique kid" It's not sexy, but should get the job done.
The whole point of the evening is for parents to not feel so isolate and alone. To bring refreshment and encouragement to our weary parents. And hopefully, some of them may connect with each other and build friendship and community. As parents connect and are encouraged their entire family system does better.
To be honest, parent ministry is not what I am most passionate about. I love students and student ministry with al my heart. But good student ministry can only happen when we as youth workers engage the entire family. Big Wednesday's are how Carlos does it, it is now how I do it. How will you do it?
I would love to know the creative and effective ways in which you are engaging parents and partnering with them for the sake of the students we work with.