Ever since my friend Dennis mentioned doing this, I have been tossing it around in my head. He met with the parents of his small group guys to talk about what his small group was going to look like. Since I have 7th grade guys this year (which is their first year in my group), I thought it would be a great time to have a connect time with the parents. We had 4 goals for the meeting:
- Keep it short. Parents don’t have a ton of free time, so we wanted to keep it under an hour.
- Make it relevant. We wanted to talk about where we had been as a group in the past 4 months, where the guys are now and where we’re headed with the rest of the school year. We also wanted to give them a heads-up about some important topics coming up.
- Don’t be a parent. Both my co-leader and myself are only 21 years old, and neither of us have kids of our own. The last thing we wanted to do was teach parents how to parent, because we have no experience at it. Let them parent their kids.
- Don’t be a talking head. We wanted to encourage interaction and dialogue between us, the parents and each other. We didn’t want to fill the whole hour with just our words.
- Be a resource. This was the big one. We wanted to let parents know that we are a resource and a partner with them as we lead their kids.
Overall, it went fantastic! We had a little more than half of our parents show up, some of which we hardly knew before the meeting night. There was great dialogue between parents, there was a lot of great information shared, but the biggest win for us was a comment one of the moms said. She told us that even though we see them every week at the curb as they pick up their student, they didn’t really know us very well. After having this meeting, they got a chance to talk to us and hear our hearts, which gave a greater sense of security for parents as they drop their kids off with us every week. Mission accomplished!