I’m not a pastor’s kid, but I’m raising two of them. And I’m scared to death.
My prayer for my kids is often, “Lord, help them to not, because of me and the church where I serve, hate your bride.” It’s easy when daddy spends his work day, and many evenings, serving a local body of believers, for kids to grow bitter. Instead of seeing life transformation and community-building, grace-infusing work being done, they see a “job” that takes daddy away from home. They see a group of people that expects more out of them than they can give. They have unfair expectations thrust on them that they didn’t choose, but were chosen for them.
That’s why I’m pumped about Barnabas Piper’s new book, The Pastor’s Kid(releases July 2014). Because I don’t want my two children to grow up despising the church.
We tend to romanticize Christmas with songs like “Silent Night” and our “perfect” little Nativity scenes. But the reality is that Christmas is messy. Jesus came from the mess into the mess to offer us hope.
Sunday morning is our sign-up time. Sunday night is our “meet your small group” time. It’s an experiment, like much of what we do in groups ministry at Long Hollow…until we find what works most effectively.
Thought I’d share the video with you that we’ll be showing. The goal is to get people to understand our process of moving them from being unconnected to connected.
Here you go.
And while you’re at it, if you’re in a small group at Long Hollow, why don’t you sign up for a group?