What's a parent got to do to get involved in student ministry?This is the #1 question we encounter here at the Creek. Parents and their help are absolutely crucial to the fruitfulness of our student ministry. So, below we have listed 4 aspects of parent involvement as well as some tips for how to get plugged in!
Spiritual Leadership at HomeThis is by far the greatest and most important thing our parents can/should do. This includes modeling the gospel, biblical teaching, and prayer… seizing all opportunities, not just scheduled ones. Parents, you are ultimately responsible for the spiritual growth of your children. Fortunately, there is no greater person or position of influence on your child than you!
Small GroupsParent involvement in our small groups is very crucial to small group ministry. Due to the size of our student ministry we must grow smaller in order to grow bigger. Events such as concerts, ski trips, and amusement parks now take place in our small groups (sometimes a couple of them will team up for an outing). We also encourage our small groups to have ministry or service projects throughout the year. Because this is the hub of the student ministry, it is in the greatest need of parental involvement.
So how can you get involved? First, find out what small group your child is in, and what socials and/or ministry opportunities they have planned. Ask the small group leaders how you can help. Second, offer to serve the small group by hosting a class fellowship at your home, heading up the coordination for a ministry project, or by just serving the class in general. In all of this, communication with the small group leader is crucial. And finally, have the mindset of “How can I minister to my child’s leaders and help to advance their ministry?” While we are encouraging our leaders to reach out to you, it is also wonderful when you reach out to them.