5 Ways to Keep Pastors’ Kids in the Church

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Pastors' children sometimes need some extra grace because of the added pressures they face. (Lightstock)

Being a pastor, I have such a passion for pastors' kids. It's such a unique way to grow up—complete with unique pressures, unique benefits and unique challenges. Just like most things in life, it can either be a wonderful way to grow up, or a terrible way to grow up, and I'm pushing for the wonderful.

It is my goal to see every single PK (pastor's kid) in heaven, and it breaks my heart how many end up leaving the church.

Being a pastor and having kids, I've learned some tricks along the way for how to take care of my own children, and the other PKs in our church. And I'm excited to be able to share them with you today.

Here are some practical ways to care for the PKs in your church (whether they're your own or another pastor's):

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1. Give them something to look forward to. This is something I try to do once a quarter. It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant. Believe me, my kids don't expect a cruise to Hawaii four times a year. But it's a little something to keep them going when life feels tough. I think we all could use a little more of this.

Some things that have worked in our family are visits to grandma and grandpa's house, or a surprise trip to Chuck E Cheese. Every now and then it's something extravagant, like the trip of a lifetime to Dubai. But whatever it is, we love to give our kids something to look forward to.

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