Connect Parents with Your Student Ministry

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In churches there can be a gap between the student ministry and the rest of the church body, leaving parents disconnected from what their students are learning. Watch as Josh Griffin shares a way to bridge that gap by bringing students and parents together for worship once a month.



Do you currently recognize a disconnect between your student ministry and the rest of the church body, essentially operating as church within the church? In what ways do the students in your ministry have opportunities to worship with their parents at church?
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Josh admitted his own worries about losing momentum and time with students when they launched monthly "Worship Together Weekends." What concerns do you have about giving up student ministry time to allow for more contact between parents and students? Would you be willing to set aside some of your concerns in order to give families more time to worship together? Why or why not?
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The "Worship Together Weekends" that Josh describes is just one way to connect parents and student ministry. List a few possibilities of how you might purposefully encourage parents and students to worship together at your church.
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Bringing families together for worship is a collaborative effort. With what other staff members (Senior Pastor, Children's Minister, etc.) can you work to connect families at your church in worship?
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Connecting parents and students in worship helps foster a faith beyond high school. Exposing students to worship with their parents and the larger congregation allows them to observe their parents participating in congregational singing, prayer, and giving. This enables students to better gain a picture of the life of faith lived outside of the context of a youth group.