Churches Partnering with Parents

Churches have an important role in encouraging parents to have regular faith@home practices with their children.  Sometimes we, the church, inadvertently promote a message “bring your children to us and all will be fine”, rather than reminding parents that they are the greatest influence in a child’s faith.

“Parents are the primary faith teachers, mentors and role models for their children with the church as a reinforcement – not replacement – of the parent’s duties.”  Rich Melheim, Faith Inkubators

Stories from our churches

PASS IT ON

bible croppedIn July 2015 Lawrence-Waitahuna church in Otago had an All Age service celebrating ‘The Bible, God’s Word. Pass it on!’ it was a wonderful example of how a focus at church on the regular faith at home practice of Bible reading encouraged everyone.  Read more….

Ideas for Churches to encourage faith@home practices

  • Take home activities for children to explore with their families (many curriculums now include a resource for this)
  • Questions and activities to follow up the sermon or theme for families and/or homegroups
  • A library of resources
  • Parent or family evenings. If you are running a parent evening, consider how to cater for children so that as many parents as possible can come. Share some personal stories from older parents who have ‘been there, done that’, a range of ideas and some resources ready to go.
  • Take it Home event during church (see “Take it Home”)

Helpful Resources

Take it homeTAKE IT HOME by Mark Holman and Dave Teixeira

Take It Home is a Faith at Home initiative, which is unpacked in detail in Mark Holmen’s book ‘Faith begins at home’.  However the key principles are repeated in the opening chapters of this book too.  This practical book has 13 reproducible “Take-It-Home Event” outlines; and a DVD with many other resources for leaders. There’s a lot of help here for designing your own event with parents. Mark knows that the hardest time to start a faith at home practice is the FIRST time, so these ‘take it home’ events are designed so that families do this at the event then take home some resources to keep them going. A great example of ‘teaching a family how to fish rather than just providing them with one meal of fish’.

Read more….. Order your copy here  (Kids Friendly has a copy to lend)

Here2Stay

Here2Stay

Families (households) are the “primary faith communities” for all ages, especially children in their formative years and the household needs to be supported strongly in this role.

Here2stay identifies Family/household nurture as one of the 10 pillars of faith formation and offers 28 practical suggestions for churches to encourage household nurture at the bottom of the page.

Read more…Here2stay

Think Orange

2000px-Orange_logo.svgFor books, blogs, videos, conferences, curriculum and MORE check out the Orange website.

What if the primary mission of the church is not to help the family, and the number one priority of the family is not to go to church?  What if they are both designed to work together to show a generation who God is?  Two combined influences can make a greater impact than just two influences.

The “Think Orange” strategy aims to: 

  • Engage parents in an integrated strategy
  • •Synchronize the home and church around a clear message
  • •Provoke parents and kids to fight for their relationship with each other
  • •Recruit mentors to become partners with families
  • •Mobilize the next generation to be the church