You’ve probably heard of the term ‘PK’ or ‘MK.’ Yup, I’m talking about being a pastor’s kid in this podcast because pastor’s kids, missionary kids are very near and dear to my heart.
Or. Maybe you haven’t, and you’re wondering why in the world I’m doing this podcast.
I don’t know who will be able to relate, but I’m pouring my heart out here, in hopes that it will truly bless someone, whoever that might be.
My dad became a pastor when I was 7-years-old. That was back when I kind of naively floated through life, and I didn’t much care what was happening around me.
Then I became a teenager, and I started to feel. um. different, as my dad was someone in ministry.
Now being in ministry does NOT make you better than anybody else. It doesn’t make you ‘more holy’ than anyone else. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things that I think people might ever do, and it sometimes has felt nigh to impossible.
But. Lest I bore you, and lest you don’t know what I mean by all of this rambling, I’m going to try and put together some thoughts in a short podcast about being a PK, what I’ve learned from it, why I’m so grateful that God put me in my family, the hard things we’ve faced as a family, and the things God has been weaving throughout every part of the story.
We begin with:
– The story of growing up in a pastor’s family
– The hardest parts of growing up in a pastor’s family .
– Why I wouldn’t trade growing up in my family for any other family
– The struggles I’ve had with bitterness and distancing myself from friends .
– pastor’s family’s aren’t ‘more perfect’ than anyone else
– how to encourage your pastor
– people in ministry go through hard times and need you to help bear their burdens too
Scriptures I shared:
Psalm 121:1-2, ‘ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.’
Galatians 6:2, ‘Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’
1 Timothy 3:1-5 ,’This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)’
I hope this brought light and hope to those who are in ministry who are listening. And think about this. If you’re a Christian you have a ministry of some kind, whether it be to your co-workers, your congregation (if you’re a pastor), your friends at school, your friends at church; you have a ministry. A ministry of sharing the love, the light, the hope of the Savior Jesus Christ who came to save sinners from hell and to eternal glory with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21, ‘And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.’
Can you think of ways to encourage your pastor?