Best Practices in Family Ministry



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All-Inclusive Date Night
One of our ministry’s most successful and impactful family
ministry ideas is so simple: date nights. We do the typical
father/daughter and mother/son date nights, but here’s the twist:
We invite all ages. The point is, we want younger kids and families
to see examples of older generations who love God and love fun. I
can’t even begin to express what a blessing it is to see a
65-year-old woman bring her 85-year-old father to a date night. It
sets an incredible example to the younger dads and their daughters.
We provide simple appetizers and a brief devotion, and then send
everyone out on their own dates while providing free childcare for
parents with little ones left behind. The cost is very low for our
ministry, but the outcome is amazing.
Annie Willems

Jeanne Madden is a children’s minister in
Baltimore, Maryland; Lisa Messer is a children’s
pastor in New Haven, Connecticut; Jay Hostetler is
a children’s ministry consultant in Holland, Michigan; and
Annie Willems is the director for Calvin’s Hats
( in Salem, Oregon.

Excerpted from the March/April 2012 issue of Children’s
Ministry Magazine. Don’t miss out on another issue, subscribe today!

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