“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
As church leaders, you know how important it is to teach children about God at an early age. While you can provide amazing curriculum and learning activities for kids during church services, those lessons may not stick unless you also partner with their parents.
One way to increase communication with parents is through your church’s mobile app. Here are a few ways you can encourage parents to use the app throughout the week:
1) Reinforce Sunday’s lesson
Mom and Dad are in the car with little Susie on the way home from church. Mom asks Susie, “What did you learn in Sunday School this morning?”. The answer she gets might be a bit hard to follow as Susie jumps from telling her mom about the lesson to an activity they did and back again.
Instead, what if Mom can see the lesson in your church’s mobile app before she asks Susie about it? That helps Mom ask more specific questions and it gives both parents the chance to reinforce that lesson throughout the week.
2) Get more information about upcoming kid’s ministry events
Sending flyers home with kids about an upcoming event or Vacation Bible School can be risky. What are the chances that their parents actually receive the flyer or any other information about the event? An easy way to handle this is by sending app notifications to parents about upcoming events for their children.
3) Register their children for events
Once parents know about an event, your church’s app can make life a bit easier on them through quick event registration. They can sign up Johnny for the event, pay his registration fee, and print out a parental permission form all from within the app.
4) Access Bible reading plans for kids
Parents want to help their children grow in their faith but may not feel confident in how to make that happen. Partner with parents by recommending specific Bible reading plans and/or devotions they can read with their kids.
These are just a few ways you can encourage parents to download and start using your church’s mobile app. Talk with parents about how you want to help them raise confident believers in Christ and how the app is one tool that can make that goal a bit easier to achieve.