We asked children's ministry and family ministry leaders for
their #1 idea to minister to families. You won't believe how easy
some of these are!
There are many facets to family ministry-whether your church is
embarking on a churchwide initiative, you're celebrating kids'
faith milestones, or you're simply looking for small ways to
incorporate families into what your ministry is already doing. We
asked children's ministers for their best, most effective idea or
insight for family ministry-and now we've compiled a potpourri of
fantastic family ideas for you.
Family Worship Sunday
In the months that have five Sundays, the fifth Sunday is Family
Worship Sunday. On that day, our senior pastor and I co-lead the
sermon. I bring props, object lessons, and visuals, and we have
kids sit up front. The pastor and I work together to create a
service that's interesting and engaging for adults and the kids. We
incorporate some of our typical children's ministry experiences and
have everyone participate.
These special Sundays have been very effective at giving parents
and other adults in the church a glimpse into what goes on in
children's ministry. We've been able to increase our volunteer
pool, see families get more involved at church and at home, and
keep children's ministry in front of our congregation. One of the
greatest things about Family Worship Sunday is our entire church
sees how our pastor is onboard with children's ministry by opening
the sanctuary for us to worship and learn together.
Keeping in touch with families on a regular basis has
been a key goal of our family ministry efforts. One of the best
things we've done is have all our volunteers make a connection with
families. We simply split our ministry kids among our children's
ministry volunteer base. Each volunteer has about 10 kids.
Volunteers make contact with the child's family every week. How
they do it is up to the volunteers-they might send a card, pay a
visit, make a phone call, or send an email. We just want families
to know they're important to us, they have many friends here, and
our ministry cares.