To become a Family Minister or to not become a Family Minister? That is the question. Well, for some it is. For me it’s not. This is one of my rants, but before I begin, let me say that I love family ministry. It’s great!
Will our church ever have a family minister? I don’t think we will. Is it because we’re against family ministry or do not support family ministry? Absolutely not. It’s because, for one, I’m a children’s pastor. I don’t want to be a family minister. I value the family. We give amazing tools for families to connect. We encourage parents to disciple their kids and give them tools to do so. We do tons of events that promote family values and bring everyone together. But, will I or anyone else ever be a family minister? I guess we do the work of a family minister, but nope—I’m a kids pastor.
I’m called to pastor children. My main role is to shepherd children. I love shepherding them. I love creating an environment where they can be in the presence of God and take what they’ve learned to impact their friends and family.
I think some leaders are made to feel guilty because they’re not doing “family ministry”—whatever that looks like? In fact, I’m still searching for a church out their where church is just a secondary place where kids get discipled because their parents are doing it all at home. If you’re out there…show me some love—I want to hear about you and what you’re doing! The reality is that I do all I know how and more (because I’ve read the books) to assist the family. But, at the end of the day I’m proud to be a children’s pastor pasturing children.
I guess this isn’t that much of a rant. It’s more of a showing the love to those who feel called and satisfied in that calling to be a children’s pastor.