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Family Ministry: Parent Mentoring

Children's Ministry Magazine

Round-Table Discussions -- Invite interested parents to come to your church for quarterly round-table discussions. Form parent groups with parents of various ages of children. For example, each group could have parents of newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, preteens, and teenagers.

Have each parent write a question or concern on a 3x5 card. Invite the parent of the oldest child at each round-table discussion to shuffle the cards and lead the discussion of each question. Serve refreshments during the discussion time. Have parents spend time in small-group prayer. Then encourage parents to trade phone numbers and email addresses so they can keep the parenting discussions going.

Parent Pairs -- Invite parents to sign up for mentoring relationships -- either to be mentored or to mentor. On the sign-up sheet, have parents include their contact information, children's ages, parenting experience, and primary parenting concerns. Match parents appropriately so that each mentoring parent has dealt with the concerns of the parent being mentored. Give each parent contact information for his or her partner. Encourage parents to get together, share parenting struggles and information, and pray for one another.

Mary Vance Berlin
Boone, North Carolina


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