No not YOUR parents (although that is great too.) Here is how to get the parents of teens in your ministry FIRED UP!
Know Your Why
Why does your ministry exist? What is the goal of your ministry? Be intentional about sharing the vision with parents. They need to see the bigger picture (and not just think of you as the person who takes their kid off their hands for a few hours every week.)
Be Excited About THEIR Teens
As a youth minister, it is probably safe to assume that you are excited about teens in general. But if you want to get parents fired up, you need to communicate your excitement about their individual teens. Take an active interest in their lives so you can point to specifics like, “I am so excited that Steve is joining our youth program! I hear he is a great artist, maybe he could paint a mural in the youth room for us!” And I know how precious your free time is, but when you get invited to a graduation party, birthday party, or family picnic, do your best to show up. Even if you just drop by to say hello and give them a card, it shows parents that you truly care about their teen.
Be Excited About THEM
Take time to greet parents when they walk in the door and welcome them every single time. Take an active interest in what is going on in THEIR world too! Have parent meet and greets, host coffee socials to connect parents with each other, and set parents up for success. Give them resources for topics you are covering during youth group so they can have conversations with their teens about it.
Communication Is Key
Aim to over-communicate but not overwhelm. You should absolutely make announcements during youth group, but you cannot simply rely on students to pass along information to their parents.Communicate information clearly, multiple times, using multiple methods (email, text, bulletin blurbs, website, flyers etc.)
A huge part of having good communication with parents involves LISTENING to them. Ask them for their input and feedback and listen to their ideas, needs, and about their students.
Pray, Pray, and Pray Some More!
This is easy to forget when life gets busy, but simply taking time to pray for your parents every week is vitally important. Pray for both the parents who are actively involved in your ministry and the ones who are not. On top of that, asking your parents to pray for you and your ministry is a powerful way to get them invested.