By now, I think most of you know that I love being a children’s pastor—it’s what God has called me to do. I have been reading and praying and eating (only because I get hungry when I read) and as I was in one of my quiet times (it was not a time out), this question popped into my head:
Should family ministry be a cultural or positional?
In other words, should my church hire or reposition/re-title someone to be a “family pastor” or should our whole church staff become a “family staff?” Taking it further, should we become a “family church?” This is by no means meant to be a negative or slam on anyone who is a family pastor. Many of my dearest friends in ministry are family pastors and they do a phenomenal job. This is more of me thinking out loud for my own life and ministry.
Reggie Joiner, in his book Think Orange, states “We really can’t expect parents to get on the same page with the church until we get on the same page as leaders.” That resonated within me not as a children’s pastor, but as a pastor in general. The family does not consist of just parents and children under 6th grade. The family consists of parents, children, teenagers, young adults, grandparents, etc. The family is bigger than a position. The family has to partner with the whole church and vice versa. I know some will say that a family pastor’s responsibility is to bring it altogether. Our youth pastor is just as much a family pastor as I am or our community pastor is.
For me and our church we are all pastors ministering with families—we’re all family pastors.