As a follow-up to last weeks post, 1 Goal and 5 Ways to Enrich Your Small Group Time, I wanted to include a great post from What is Orange about what small group leaders should be saying to parents. Small groups are essential to Gospel relationships so we should work hard to improve them as leaders. Orange has multiple posts on the subject.
Orange is a ministry philosophy that focuses on ministering to the family as a whole. In student and children’s ministry, that means spending as much if not more attention on parents. This is not a new philosophy, but Orange has done a very good job of packaging, communicating the essentials of this philosophy, and providing resources.
I could simply give you the 5 things, but then you would be tempted to not read the entire article, although that might be what you do anyway. I would encourage you to read the article and look around the Orange Leaders blog. It is full of other great resources. Next week I’ll look at the question, “What is my role as a parent in spiritual discipleship of my kids?”
Five Things Small Group Leaders Should say to Parents
by Jeff Brodie
Parents don’t walk around over-encouraged. They just don’t. Most parents feel like they aren’t doing a good job of raising their kids. Parenting resources make them feel guilty, and the Facebook feed of their friends’ seemingly perfect families doesn’t help. It’s isolating. For some families, the only time they hear from an adult who knows their child is from the principal or the police.
Here’s the truth we need to remember: Kids are an incredible gift, and hold unlimited potential to impact the world around them. Their parents are their primary influence, and Jesus is their only hope.
A number of years ago, I realized the Small Group Leaders in our student ministry had very little contact with parents, so we started to create events that needed the Small Group Leader to call the parent in order for the event to succeed (sneaky, I know).