15 February 2018

5 Things Every Pastor's Kid Should Know

Barnabas Piper's book 'The Pastor's Kid' was one of the first books I ever read about clergy family life. His honesty and passion to see clergy children and clergy families around the world understood and cared for has been truly inspirational.

After reading his book (read my review here), my hunt for helpful resources for clergy kids has stretched far and wide across the internet! In my travels, I came across this wonderful list on a Facebook page for pastor's kids. It struck me recently after completing our research with clergy kids how similar the experience is for PKs across the world.

We know from speaking to many adult clergy kids here in Australia that as they get older, they become more aware of the expectations, circumstances, and needs of their parent's ministry. Many tell us they find it difficult to open up about how they're going because they often don't want to be a burden. Maybe that's where ice cream comes in! If you know a PK, maybe it's worth grabbing an ice cream, hot chocolate or even going for a walk sometime and sharing a chat about what they're enjoying or finding difficult in ministry at the moment? I hope you find this list an encouraging starting point!


"Here are five things I would want to tell to every PK.

1) You Don't Have To Be Perfect: You may feel the pressure of being perfect, but being perfect is an impossible expectation to meet. We aren't perfect. We will never be perfect. The best we can do is strive to be like Jesus.

2) We're All Different: We're all called to do something different. Not necessarily what our parents do.

3) You Don't Need To Have All The Answers: You may be a PK, but you don't know it all.

4) Ground Your Identity In Jesus: You should find your identity in Jesus, not "church life."

5) You're Doing Great! You're probably doing a much better than you think you are. Go have fun, and eat some ice cream." - Author: Anonymous

~ Rachel

www.australianclergyfamilies.com -- journeying together with clergy families

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