Sunday, February 14, 2016

Continuity . . . Connect the Children's and Parent's Ministries!

So . . . you have a vision and purpose for your Children's Ministry and you are watching to be sure each part of your ministry connects to the others, but have you collaborated with the leaders of your Parent's and Grandparent's Ministries to be sure the they connect and have continuity? Consider the following . . . 
  • Deuteronomy 6 is pretty clear about it being the parent's and grandparent's responsibility - and joy - to be the primary disciplers of their children/grandchildren. There is certainly a role for the church, but it is the parent's/grandparent's primary responsibility; so what do you do to be sure they know what their children/grandchildren are learning? Do you communicate regularly - or ever - with them?
  • Do you take time to be sure the parents/grandparents know the scope and sequence of what their children/grandchildren will be learning?
  • Do you take time to help parents/grandparents understand the materials their children/grandchildren bring home and how to incorporate it into their family's conversations throughout the week?
  • Do you have a unified curriculum, so all ages of children learn the same lesson the same week - this makes it significantly easier for parents/grandparents to continue the conversations at home throughout the week.
  • Do you give parents/grandparents ideas of what to talk about with their children/grandchildren during the week?
Continuity is so important if we want to see lasting results in our Children's Ministry, and this includes continuity with the parents/grandparents. Think about what you can do to connect your Children's, Parent's and Grandparent's ministries!

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