5 easy conversations you should have with parents in your ministry

March 9, 2016     Ben Read    

youth ministry parent partner

I’m a big believer in partnering with parents as a Youth Ministry, and I know many others are as well. But how does that actually play out? I’ve been working through some objectives for our ministry when it comes to having that partnership, what it looks like if fully developed, and what it accomplishes when we’re cranking on all cylinders. As I’ve done that I’ve been working through a few things that I should be doing myself as well as getting our leaders to start doing. One of those is a no-brainer, and that’s getting parents talking. We want to develop relationships and know more about the families and so, although this isn’t our full list, these are 5 conversation starters we want to have in our back pocket for whenever an opportunity rises.

Youth Ministry partnering with parents

  1. What was your experience with Youth Group like when you were your son/daughter’s age?
  2. What do you feel is the most crucial experience your son/daughter should have during these Jr. High/High School years?
  3. How do you see your son/daughter maturing right now?
  4. What’s the next big family vacation you guys are planning?
  5. What makes the __________ family unique in this season?

There’s not a lot to these questions, but they start the conversation. We wanted to make sure we had something ready to go so our conversations don’t just turn to the weather, but would help us find common ground and get things going.


Do you use a set of ready-to-go conversation starters for your leaders to use with parents? Let us know in the comments!

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