Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
When Jesus began calling the first disciples into ministry, he used this phrase:
“Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
For whatever reason, I started thinking about what Jesus didn’t say to those first disciples.
He didn’t say: “Come, follow me, and I will teach you spiritual insights!”
He didn’t say: “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to worship together!”
He didn’t say: “Come, follow me, and I will gather you together in a home group!”
He didn’t say: “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to pray!”
He didn’t say: “Come, follow me, and I will make you members of the church!”
Gave me a new perspective on what our mission and focus should be. Thanks, Tony.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Ministry can be very hard on pastor’s children.
- Your kids will hear you criticized.
- Your kids will watch you hurt.
- Your kids may see you wrongly strike back.
- Your kids might see your hypocrisy up close.
- Your kids might reject the church because you’re always there.
- Your kids may enjoy the extra attention when they are young and despise it when they mature.
No matter how healthy your church is, a pastor’s kid will likely feel a different sort of pressure. Here are a few things we do to help our kids grow up in the fishbowl:
- We put the kids’ activities ahead of the church calendar. If my girls have a piano recital on Saturday night, either I pre-produce the message or have someone else speak.
- I rarely work evenings. The evenings are family time. I also try not to compromise my day off with church needs.
- I don’t talk about my kids in a sermon without their permission.
- Amy and I work hard not to talk negatively about the church.
- We don’t make our kids go to church every week. Every now and then we let them stay home or do something else so going to church doesn’t become a legalistic chore.
- We live our private lives with personal devotion to Christ. We pray and talk about spiritual things with our children regularly.