When ministering to students, connecting with their parents is vital. Parents are primarily responsible, even if they aren’t Christians, for the spiritual upbringing of their children. Your ministry, at most is to supplement what they do. If they don’t do their jobs, then you may have to supplement a little more, but do so with the understanding that, in almost all cases, even bad parents love their children and want what’s best for them. Here are some ways to connect with parents.
Facebook: One of the keys of connecting with parents is to communicate with them and let them know what is going on in the ministry is with Group Facebook. Almost everyone is on Facebook these days, so this is a great way to communicate with everyone connected with your ministry – including parents – about events, teaching series, and valuable info.
A Facebook page is great to have for advertisements only, but a Facebook group makes it so you can discuss things that affect the students and parents and post student pictures without everyone on Facebook seeing it. You can set the controls to private so that only the people you want can see the posts.
Newsletters: Some parents will never pick up information online, but they will read a newsletter. If you decide to have a newsletter, mail it to the parents. If you hand them out in church, they’ll never make it home and will be forever scrunched under the back seat of the car next to a used tissue and a sippy cup the student hasn’t used in years.
Parent Meetings: If you have special events coming up or you want to let parents know what you have planned for the next quarter, try having a parent meeting. Make sure to have the meeting when it is easier for parents (like right after church while someone is watching the children) and serve refreshments. Not all parents will come to these meetings, but they are still a valuable way of connecting.
Phone Calls: Call parents individually from time to time to tell them how their child is doing and communicate what they can do to help their child. Don’t use these phone conversations for discipline matters. Instead find a reason to praise the child.
Use More than One Method: Parents receive information in different ways. That is why it is best to use more than one method to inform them. I recommend you use some form of all of these methods.