Do you seek to engage or re-engage families on the periphery of your congregation, or have stopped attending altogether? Are the engaged families in your faith community thriving? In a rapidly changing world, church leaders face the profound challenge of establishing and nurturing meaningful connections with parents and families. This MasterClass explores practical ways for ministry leaders to attract, support, and accompany parents in their congregation.
Key Learning Objectives:
- Understanding the modern family dynamic: Acknowledge the challenges faced by today’s families, including single parents, blended families, and those navigating unique circumstances.
- Equipping parents: Learn how to empower parents with the tools and knowledge they need to be spiritual guides and mentors for their children. Discover effective ways to help parents integrate faith into their daily lives and pass it on to the next generation.
- Accompanying parents on their journey: Understand the importance of walking alongside parents as they navigate the joys and trials of parenthood. Discover how to provide emotional and spiritual support, fostering a sense of community and belonging.
- Addressing the needs of families who’ve stopped coming: Gain insights into why some families have disengaged and learn how to reach out to them with care and sensitivity.
This MasterClass is ideal for pastors, church leaders, youth ministers, children’s ministry leaders, family ministry directors, and anyone passionate about strengthening families.
For more than 30 years, Denise Utter has embraced her vocation in the fields of education and ministry, these last six years focusing her energy and passion on coaching individuals, teams, cohorts, congregations, and non-profit organizations; primarily in the areas of leadership in ministry, team transitions, life transitions, change management, and ministry with families. She loves working with church leaders and their teams, reimagining faith formation, navigating team transitions, life transitions, change management, and ministry with families. She is a trained coach in Vibrant Faith’s International Coaching Federation-certified program, is currently preparing for the ICF’s ACC Level test, and has aspirations for reaching the PCC Level in the near future. In addition to her coaching credentials, Denise holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Education. Her commitment to ministry is evident through her roles on nonprofit organization boards and on advisory councils for religious orders.