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Raising Kids In Ministry? There’s Hope!

 —  March 12, 2014 — 1 Comment

My daughter, Kayla, is 19 and a sophomore in college. She has become a big fan of the writing and speaking ministry of Bill Hybels’ daughter, Shauna Niequist. So I really wasn’t surprised to see her mention and link to one of her recent blog posts. But I have to admit, I was a little surprised, and almost instantly started sobbing like a little baby, to see which blog post she linked to, and her comment about it.

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Raising children in church ministry is tough, and there is no perfect formula. But there is hope! Your church isn’t perfect and neither is mine, but there is hope! Your parenting style and skill set isn’t perfect and neither is mine, but there is hope! Your children aren’t perfect and neither are mine, but there is hope!

For years, people have asked Rachel and I for insight into raising kids in a ministry setting, and for years we’ve been having little coffee shop conversations with couples here and there but hesitant to do much more than that. But with your permission, which includes an understanding that there is no prescription to healthy parenting and our way is only that….our way…and that our kids our still wrestling through what it means to follow Jesus as young adults, I’ll begin from time to time to post a few things we’ve learned over the years that may serve as some hope and help for you as you attempt to raise your children while ministering in a local church setting.

Kurt Johnston

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Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

One response to Raising Kids In Ministry? There’s Hope!

  1. Thanks for this Kurt. We are rolling with 4 kiddos. Our oldest hits the Student Ministry next year. To this point our kiddos love the church and love being around the church.

    Neither myself or my wife are PKs so we are figuring it out (aka making it up) as we go. To be honest our families weren’t even in church growing up and my parents divorced when I was very young.

    So encouraged to hear of PKs who survived and thrived. Praying our kids do the same. Thanks for sharing!

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