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.
Upskilling local churches through training
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.
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.