8 Reasons It’s Increasingly Hard to Raise Pastor’s Kids Today

Pam and I are not parents, so I’m always hesitant to write about parenting. Nevertheless, I want you to know what I hear anecdotally about the difficulty of raising PKs today. At the end of this post, though, I’m also asking pastors to let us know what’s worked well as they’ve parented their kids.

8 Reasons It’s Increasingly Hard to Raise Pastors Kids (PKs) Today

  1. The local church often still implicitly expects the pastor’s kids to be almost perfect. Nobody I know would say it that clearly, but they sometimes act that way. They hold PKs to standards they’d never require of their own kids—and they blow the faults of PKs far out of proportion.
  2. Social media has made stupid decisions a lot more public. And, even PKs in their youthfulness sometimes post things they come to regret. The problem is that the Internet makes it possible for others to magnify and distribute their mistakes.
  3. The Internet has sometimes exposed PKs to painful internal church conflict. More than one pastor has faced opposition spread through the Internet and social media. No matter how hard pastors try to shield their families, it’s almost impossible to protect them completely.
  4. Pastors and their families tend to be isolated—even at times from their own congregation. When pastors isolate themselves, they move away not only from potential friends, but also from others who’ve already walked in their shoes. That is, they distance themselves from veteran parents who can help them in our own parenting.

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Source: Church Leaders