Who Let The Dads Out? is a growing movement that resources churches to reach out to dads, father figures and their children.
We believe that to 'turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers' (Malachi 4:6, NIV) is a powerful way 'to make ready a people prepared for the Lord' (Luke 1:17). We help churches do this by inspiring, resourcing and supporting them to begin running activity sessions for fathers and children to attend together. These sessions give dads and their children the opportunity to spend time with each other, mix with other families, have fun and engage with the church.
Most churches become part of the movement by starting a Who Let The Dads Out? parent and toddler group. No other organisation has provided parent and toddler sessions as consistently, passionately or with the same longevity as the church. But those sessions reach relatively few fathers and there is a growing demand for male-orientated parenting groups in the context of family support strategies. Churches are also seeking new ways to reach out to the male population.
Other churches target older children and their dads and some run open-age sessions. Any of these groups can be called Who Let The Dads Out? groups and become part of the movement. The crucial thing is that Who Let The Dads Out? is all about creating space where dads, father figures and their children can have fun together, and is founded on the Christian principle of wanting to demonstrate God's love to communities.
Churches are discovering different ways of supporting the dads and father figures in their Who Let The Dads Out? groups: for example, by running a Daddy Cool! parenting programme, starting a Soul Man? discussion group, holding some SODA (School's Out, Dad's About) sessions or arranging a Men and Boys Sunday Breakfast. You can find other ideas throughout the website.
If your church joined Who Let The Dads Out? it would become part of a growing movement. It is free to join and, as a member, your church will be able to use the Who Let The Dads Out? name, logo, materials and publicity resources. In addition, your church will be listed on our Directory along with details of when and where your group meets. Register your group. And if you need financial help to get a group going, see Ideas for securing funding.
Welcome to the Who Let The Dads Out? movement.