Young parents hold the future in their hands. The children they are parenting will be the next generation of leaders.
If we want to influence the next generation for Christ then we must influence young parents. They are the key shapers and molders of kids. What you do on weekends is important, but it pales in comparison to the influence parents have with their kids during the week.
1. Shift your thinking from influencing kids to influencing parents and kids. If you really want to make an impact on kids, then you must impact their parents as well.
2. Don't negate influencing parents to something that the adult ministry in your church will take care of. Partner with the adult ministry to influence parents. Work with them to create strategies, classes, etc. that will speak into the lives of parents. And be involved in those strategies. Teach some of the classes ... host some of the events ... develop some of the programs.
3. Look for ways to connect with parents. Place just as much importance on connecting with parents as you do with kids. Spend just as much time talking to parents at church as you do kids.
Remember, when you reach a child you change a life. And, when you reach a parent you change a whole family.
Dale Hudson has served in children's and family ministry for over 24 years. He is director of children's ministries at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. He was recently named one of the top 20 influencers in children's ministry. He is the co-author of four ministry books, including Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children's Ministry.
For the original article, visit relevantchildrensministry.com.
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