Why Parent Commissioning?

We believe that God has called parents to be the primary disciple-makers in their home, and Parent Commissioning is the first step of our church partnering with parents to raise up their kids to follow after Christ. Whether you are a new parent through adoption or birth, or a parent that’s newer to Mercy Hill, we desire to partner with you to raise your kids to follow Jesus. Through this event, we desire to celebrate the blessing of kids, explain to parents the important role they play in making disciples of their kids, and offer parents tools for the journey.

The goal of Parent Commissioning is to begin a partnership between the church and home.

Parent Commissioning takes place a few times each year and is really a two-part event. First, we have a family brunch on Saturday morning with food provided by each families’ community group. At the brunch, you will hear from a pastor about the role parents play in their child’s spiritual development and how we, as a church, desire to partner with you along the way. You will also receive resources to get you started in discipling your kids. The second part takes place on Sunday as you and your children are asked to come up to the stage at the end of the service at your campus to be prayed over by the church, as the church commissions you to disciple your kids. We pray this event will be a starting point and milestone of your commitment to parent as a follower of Jesus in the years to come!


Due to the commitment that the church is making to commission parents, we do have a few expectations of those who would join us for Parent Commissioning:

Parent Commissioning differs from baby dedication in that the focus is the commissioning of the parents/guardians to disciple their children. Because of this, it’s not necessary to attend the event each time your family grows. However, feel free to attend again if you feel it would be a good time to recommit in making disciples of your kids.

Due to space limitations, each family is allotted one table for a total of 8 people at brunch.

Parents are asked to attend both the Saturday and Sunday portions of Parent Commissioning.

On Sunday, parents are welcome to place their kids in Mercy Hill Kids and pick them up towards the end of service for Parent Commissioning.

Next Date: Fall 2024

Sunday – Commissioning at all Sunday Services