Online Children's Ministry Course

Partnering With Parents to Build Faith in Families

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Design ministry practices that partner with the family so, together, everyone grows closer to Jesus.

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Course Overview

Frustrated by family ministry? You want to partner with parents, but it doesn’t feel like a two-way street. In this children’s ministry leadership training course, you’ll get a pulse on family life today and discover how family ministry leaders like you can come alongside parents to help faith permeate all of family life—far beyond a ministry hour on Sundays. You’ll draft a practical, doable game plan for equipping parents to lead the way in helping their kids grow in friendship with Jesus. Plus, in this family ministry training course, you’ll encounter fresh ideas that energize your existing family ministry efforts and inspire new ones—all with the goal of bringing families closer to Jesus and each other.

Course Outline

Getting Started

Discover how to navigate your online course, get connected to our ministry network, and download a copy of the Course Notes.


Meet Gary Lindsay, who’s been partnering with parents for 28 years as a children’s ministry director. He’ll share with you what works—and what doesn’t.

Module 1. Today’s Families

What are kids’ families like today? Knowing the “State of Families” will help us better understand how to partner with all kinds of families.

Module 2. Partnering With Today’s Families

Rather than moving to the beat of our own family ministry drum, explore what happens when we observe and join in with family rhythms.

Module 3. Celebrating Family Milestones

Explore how to celebrate spiritual milestones with families at church and how to connect families so they can support and encourage each other.

Module 4. Maximizing Family Events at Your Church

Discover how to create awesome, relationship-focused events at your church that empower and equip parents.

Module 5. Demystifying the Bible for Families

Learn strategies for helping God’s Word permeate not just an hour on Sundays, but all of family life.

Module 6. Wrap Up

You’re now ready to intentionally partner with parents to form faith in families. Download your course completion award and determine next steps for your ministry.

Course Outcomes

U Discover

Challenges that families face today.

Ideas for how the Bible can permeate everyday family life.

Family ministry leaders get a game plan for partnering with parents that includes giving choices, active learning, collaboration, and fearless conversations.

U Will

Design ministry practices that partner with the family so, together, everyone grows closer to Jesus.

About the Instructor

Gary Lindsay

Gary Lindsay has partnered with parents for 28 years as a children’s ministry director—long enough to know what works...and what doesn’t. Gary is currently serving as an executive pastor at Northshore Community Church in Kirkland, Washington, and continues to be involved with kids. Though he’s traveled the world training, equipping, and presenting children’s ministry workshops, Gary has never lost his South African accent (which makes everything he says sound 15% smarter!).

Group U Ministry Certification

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