A well run Who Let The Dads Out? group can:
- Strengthen families - dads engage in parenting their children and consequently engage better with their partners in the role of parents.
- Invigorate communities - men develop a stronger network of friends within the local community helping in the process of binding a community together.
- Encourage Christian faith to be passed from one generation to the next - the church can engage with fathers, encourage them to explore faith issues and challenge them to teach their own values and beliefs to their children.
A typical Who Let The Dads Out? group might look like this:
- For dads/father figures and their children (whichever age you decide to target)
- Run once a month on a Saturday
- Two hours duration, timed to work best for you and the families in your community
- A relaxed welcome including tea, coffee, juice, biscuits and bacon butties (or similar)
- Lots of age-appropriate toys, books, games and activities
- Craft, story time or song time (could be Bible themed)
- Good conversations
What you need to run a group:
- A core team of about four people - a welcomer (at the door); a mixer (to circulate and chat); an activity leader (to lead a craft or other activity); a cook (to provide the refreshments). Why not invite one or two dads of young children in your congregation to get involved in the team?
- Lots of toys and activities.
- A leadership team who spend time listening to God, reflecting on local community needs and communicating effectively with the wider church congregation.
- To be recognised and supported as a core ministry of the church by both the leadership and congregation.
- Take a look at this guide on how to run a group for dads and children.
- Find some more practical tips for running a Who Let The Dads Out? group.
There are more details on running a Who Let The Dads Out? group in the book Who Let The Dads Out? written by the founder of the movement, Mark Chester. Visit Care for the Family online to order a copy.