As a pastor, pastor’s kids have a special place in my heart. They sometimes see the more sordid side of church life. So I am especially concerned that they walk with the Lord as adults.
Now Thom Rainer has published an article entitled Five Things Pastors Need to Say to Their Children.
His five include:
1. You have the freedom to be a normal kid.
2. I’ve got your back.
3. I want to spend more time with you than church members.
4. I love your mom.
5. There is a lot of good in this church.
I think I would have also included some apologetics training in that list as well. After all, as a young person I would wonder why followers of Jesus would even be critical and complaining. Every young person needs to have a robust understanding of the covenant love of God for a people with indwelling sin.
Likewise, there are systemic attitudes in a church that an elder team also needs to address.
Nevertheless, these five are still good things that pastors should say.
Read his whole article here.