Equipping and encouraging parents in their role as primary spiritual leaders in the lives of their kids is a key area of focus for CBOQ Kids. As I reflect on this current season we find ourselves in and ask myself, ‘What do I most want to do for families?’, it is that I want our families to worship together–whether that is by participating in online worship, sharing a meal, in intentional faith conversations or even in watching a movie.
With the abundance of resources available online, many for free, I do not spend a lot of time on creating my own resources but there are a few key resources that I believe are worth investing time in. These are created and intended to equip pastors and ministry leaders with tools to support families, so their time can be spent in relational ministry, doing only what pastors can do in the lives of people.
Over this past year, our theme has been Clear: Discovering the Real You as we focus on our Identity in Christ. Each month from September 2019 to June 2020 we have focused on one identity statement and developed a family faith conversation around it. You can access all the resources here.
Movies provide a great opportunity for conversation! Particularly in this season where extra screen time might be part of family life, this is a resource of conversation starters to dig deeper into the media families are consuming. You can check out the movie guides we have created here.
Takeout Church is a resource we introduced in 2019. For 2020, we have adapted the resource in response to current reality as a way for families to engage in faith conversations week of the summer. There are also some optional ministry leader enhanced ideas. Check out the details here.
Finally, as we consider our current reality of online worship and also what might be reality for awhile when in person worship resumes, I encourage you to check out these 2 posts for Engaging Kids in Online Church and also for creating “Praise Packs” to engage kids in worship.
What do you think? What resources have you found helpful for equipping families for worship together?