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1/31/13 at 02:44 PM 2 Comments

Should a Pastor Include his Children in his Pastoral Work?

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By Brian Croft

On a previous post, we talked about how a pastor helps his children appreciate his work, not resent it. This post explained how a pastor should help his children see how important his work is to God. As a follow-up to that post, one fruitful way to help children see the importance of a pastor’s work, is to involve them in the work. Obviously, there are many occasions where children cannot be involved in a pastor’s work: counseling, conflict mediations, marriage troubles, pastors meetings, etc.

However, when the appropriate opportunities arise, a pastor should include his children in this important work. There are appropriate times kids can make hospital and home visits, help set up for church activities, pray for church members at the dinner table, and even contribute to your sermon preparation. My daughters love to make cards for elderly widows and personally deliver them. My son loves to go work with the men of our church on Saturday mornings when there is a church work day. There is so much benefit for your family and congregation when your children are directly involved. Making the extra effort to plan and intentionally include them will at the least help them appreciate the important work their dad does, maybe even give them a love for this work as they grow up.

Pastors, do not be afraid to include your children in your work. It is important work. It helps them know what you are doing when you are gone. Who knows, it might even cause them to love your work also, especially if they get to do it with you.

Brian Croft is senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has authored the book Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness, and guest blogs for 9 Marks.

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