How do I engage families who aren’t connected with my church?

Brad M. Griffin | Jun 25, 2013

In this Sticky Faith Families series we’ve been sharing all kinds of resources for parents and leaders to help support and engage parents.

Anytime we share about Sticky Faith with a group of youth workers, we inevitably get some version of this question: What about parents who aren’t involved or aren’t believers? How can we engage them?

We have two initial suggestions:

1. Any point of contact is a win.

Whether you’re able to get them on your email list, meet one-on-one (see this new guide from an experienced leader), or catch them in the parking lot as they’re picking up their kids, consider it a win and an opportunity to build a friendship.

2. Utilize engaged parents to reach out.

Your best advocates and best natural connection to an uninvolved parent is an involved one. Invite some of your enthusiastic parents to reach out in person or by phone or email to parents who are on the fringes. It may be enough to open up a new conversation.

What other ideas or tips do you have for leaders struggling with this question? Share them in the comments below!

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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