Whether you’re a pastor or other ministry leader, how do you equip your family to thrive in ministry long-term? How do you balance family life and ministry? Anna Gage joins hosts Paul, Shane and Lacey to discuss what ministry leaders and parents can do to balance their commitment to God’s work and their family’s well-being.
In This Episode, You’ll Discover:
- The importance of integrity and authenticity in ministry and at home.
- Strategies for maintaining harmony between ministry commitments and family life.
- How to foster a nurturing environment for children within the context of ministry, emphasizing the importance of love, encouragement and trust in their growth and spiritual journeys.
- Insights on how to raise godly children without the pressure of perfection.
- Leading by example and entrusting God’s plan for your children’s lives is significant.
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“Sometimes you have to protect your kids that are considered PK or ministry kids from unrealistic expectations that even people in the church have of them. I think sometimes they think because we’re in ministry that our kids are going to be perfect and not do four-year-old things that four-year-old kids do.” – @shane_pruitt78
“There’s almost like this identity attached with being a preacher’s kid—and they think you’re on one end of the spectrum or the other end of the spectrum, so they’re perfect and tidy and wonderful, or they’re super rebellious and crazy and you can’t tame them. – Anna Gage
“I just want to encourage those that are listening that are parents, to have the freedom of trusting the Lord’s sovereignty … yes, point to the gospel, pray for their little hearts, get them in Christian community. Let them be around the teaching of the Word and you living out the Word but trusting the Lord’s work there. I think sometimes, as Christian leader parents, we feel the pressure on our kids to make a decision at an early age. – @shane_pruitt78
“At the end of the day and I think so much, especially as Christian leaders, as pastors, ministers of the gospel, we put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to raising up godly kids. And so, I would just say, hey, at the end of the day, your kids don’t need you to be perfect. They just need you to follow a perfect Savior and to trust him.” – @shane_pruitt78
“I think there’s beauty in that release, and there’s freedom in that, of knowing that God has a plan for my life, for my sister’s life, for my brother-in-law’s life. Just knowing that He has ordained that before the beginning of time and just trusting and believing that His plan and His will for our lives is good. And so, enjoy the freedom in that. Continue to be faithful in prayer and trust that the perfect Savior that we believe in knows your kids better than you do. And so, I think there’s beauty in that.” – Anna Gage
“We want to live on the edge of faith. And so, God may call us to make sacrifices and to serve as ministry leaders and families, but that is something that God is going to honor, and our kids are a part of that blessing that God will give. So, I’m not saying… This is not a prosperity gospel thing I’m saying, but it is, the Lord will honor our sacrifice and our commitment to Him.” – @PaulWorcester