In this episode, I talk with Family Ministry leader, Phil Bell. Phil and I walk through his book, Team Up: The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering With Parents. Phil shares the partnership strategy his church uses–from how they connect parents with one another, to resources they share with parents, to the milestones and transitions they lean into. He also talks about what he's learned in the last two years leading NextGen, and how he has navigated his first two years in this role.
Links Mentioned in This Episode
Team Up: The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering With Parents (book) – Phil shares key questions to ask, and practical steps you can take, to come alongside the families in your church
Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples (book) – Timothy Paul Jones shares four models that churches use to equip families–church centered, family based, family equipping, and family centered
Resources For Parents
MinistryToParents.com – An organization dedicated to providing you with platforms, tools, and resources that will allow you to partner with parents better
HomeWord – An organization committed to strengthening and equipping families
Champion Tribes –A group-based experience giving fathers a plan to raise their middle school sons into men of character. Check out my conversation with co-founder, Jeff Henderson, on Episode 52 of the podcast here.
Rite of Passage Curriculum – An interactive experience for middle school students and their parents to walk through
TheParentHub.net – Hope Community Church's resource hub for parents
Hope Community Facebook Live – An example of how Hope Community uses Facebook Live to partner with parents
Keys to Partnering with Parents
- Be aware of who you are serving
- Communicate strategically and through a variety of channels
- Provide helpful resources
- Connect parents with one another
- Hit felt needs
- Champion groups and classes at your church
- Ask parents: How can we partner with you more effectively?
- Baby Dedication
- High School Graduation
- Get the book
- Make a list of all the action items you see coming out of the book
- Prioritize that list
- Try to work on one initiative or item every quarter
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