Ideas to Help Small Group leaders Connect with Parents
1. Remind small group leaders that they just might be the ONLY personal connection between the parent and your church. Especially in large church settings or when students come from families that are not involved in a faith community. Small Group leaders, if you are not connecting with parents, there is a good chance no one else from church is either. You are often the bridge between them and the church.
2. Encourage your leaders to Create a Private Facebook Group for Parents. Your students are likely not using Facebook, but their parents are! Encourage small group leaders to use Facebook as a way to connect with parents by creating a Facebook parent group. They can post reminders, sent up events, post encouragement, post pictures from small group events, and let parents know what is going on in small group. Leaders post what you are talking about, post fun stories, post what kids are learning, ask for prayer requests, etc.
3. They can always Group Text- So what if all of your students don’t have cell phones [yet]? Tell Small Group Leaders to stop using that excuse. SGL's can send group texts to students and include parents. Ok leaders, your small group may not all have phones, but they most likely all have parents. You don’t have to make awkward phone calls. Come on it's so easy to shoot out a text once a week instead. My son’s small group leaders do this and I LOVE it. I know my kid’s small group leader is communicating with him, because I get the group text too. I always know what's up.