What in the world is a “town meeting?”
A town meeting can be defined as a designated time for you to interact with the parents of kids in your ministry. Communicate an agenda for the meeting ahead of time. Provide light snacks. Create an environment where parents feel comfortable asking you questions about your church’s KidMin. Schedule a town meeting each quarter or at least twice a year. Make sure kids have activities to attend while you meet and be confident that you have something “important” to share with parents. Consider having parents submit topics for discussion ahead of time.
How Can a Town Meeting Help Your Kids Ministry?
- It provides an opportunity for you to share with kids’ families your vision for kids ministry and how you plan to see the vision fulfilled.
- It allows you to interact with kids parents via Q&A.
- It gives you time to update for parents the year’s schedule of events, forthcoming changes, current issues/challenges in kids ministry, etc.
- It insures you having face time with parents other than just passing them in the hallway.
- It gives you time with parents to even provide “nuggets” of training helping them understand their role in guiding their kids spiritually.
Jerry Vogel is an Editorial Ministry Specialist in Lifeway Kids. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and has served over 40 years in Kids Ministry at the local church level as well as at Lifeway. Jerry currently teaches four-year-olds at his church.
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