Equipping churches for ministry to fathers

BRF’s Who Let the Dads Out? ministry offers a programme of training events for those just starting out, and those looking to explore new ideas and best practice.

Ministry and outreach to dads - where to start?

We know that early experiences of father figures can shape how easily we relate to God as father. Yet the idea of specifically supporting fathers in their faith journey - and in their relationships with their children - is still relatively new. 

For churches wishing to find out how to develop this ministry, BRF’s Who Let the Dads Out? offers a series of training events, where people can find out how to get started, hear others’ experiences and explore new ideas.

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Who Let The Dads Out?

Upskilling local churches through training

BRF is passionate about inspiring and equipping leaders and potential leaders.

In 2018 Tony and Mark from Who Let the Dads Out? are offering five separate training days in England, Wales and Scotland, as well as the third annual teaching weekend at Cliff College in Derbyshire. 

Changing church culture

BRF’s Mark Chester explains:

We want to change the culture of church outreach, so that churches routinely consider intentional and specific ministry to fathers and their children... Sessions cover the history of fatherhood, and examine contemporary fatherhood. We consider the characteristics of God as Father and look at examples of biblical fathers - both good and bad.

The courses also look at the practicalities of running fathers’ groups.

How training makes a difference

Less than 24 hours after a recent training day, one attendee reported that his church leader had agreed to set up a new fathers' group.

Within two months, their first Who Let the Dads Out? session had attracted seven dads, six of whom were from outside the church.

Here's what people have said about the training:

"Really powerful programme giving ideas and energy to drive and equip me."

"Even better than expected. Excellent balance of practical, biblical, foundation-laying discussion and presentation."

Discover ministry to fathers training days and events

2018 Training days

The one day training courses run from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and cost just £10. 

Saturday 10 February – Nazarene Theological College, Manchester
Saturday 24 March – Kinmel Bay Church, Rhyl 
Saturday 21 July – Diocesan House, Norwich
Saturday 13 October – 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham
Saturday 10 Nov – Bishopbriggs Community Church, Glasgow
All training events are open to men and women. 

Ministry to Fathers teaching weekend

The Ministry to Fathers teaching weekend, 11-13 May, run in partnership with Cliff College, is an opportunity to explore the theology, theory and good practice in more depth, and to spend time with others involved in ministry to fathers and father figures. 

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Too far to travel? Contact Who Let the Dads Out? to discuss setting up a training event near you. 
Ministry to Fathers teaching weekend