The Pastor’s Kid

Ben Reed —  March 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

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.

Check out this trailer.

 

 

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Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.
  • http://www.podcastfasttrack.com/ Carey Green

    This is a great topic that has meant tons to me… being a retired Pastor with 5 kids who’ve known nothing BUT life under the ministry microscope, I’ve learned that the most important thing is to keep open communication about EVERYTHING with the kids, including their walks with the LORD and the way we relate to each other. I invite their openness about how they feel about church, ministry, people in the church, etc. It goes a LONG way toward keeping things real and right.