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I’m launching MinistryFamily.com today!

MinistryFamily.comLast week when I talked about some of the things God’s been slowly revealing to me about our future, I mentioned I had an idea for a new website. Honestly, I’ve been a bit hesitant in pulling the trigger to launch this site and even questioned doing it altogether because I don’t feel as if I really have anything extremely helpful to say about the subject matter. When I reminded the Lord of that during my prayer time a couple weeks ago, the first thought that came to mind was, “I’ll give you each post one at a time so you’ll know each one is from me and not from you.”

So here we go! I’m excited to co-author MinistryFamily.com with my wife about our experiences growing up with pressures and expectations as Pastors Kids, what we learned from it, and caring for our own marriage and kids in a ministry family.

While feeling unqualified, my wife and I may be uniquely positioned to talk about this subject because we both grew up with fathers who served in full-time pastoral ministry. In fact, both of our dads are still serving as senior pastors today! And now that Dana and I have served in full-time ministry both as singles and as a married couple with children, we totally know how ministry can be tough on families, children, marriages, finances, and our personal walk with Christ.

I’m not exactly sure what all God is going to lead us to write about being a ministry family and the unique challenges therein, but I am excited to see what comes of it. Dana already has several great posts queued up and I have an idea for a “ministry family” video series I’m working on while publishing blog posts along with her.

Hopefully MinistryFamily.com will encourage you, help you avoid some mistakes we experienced, repeat some things our parents did well, and especially give voice into some of the things Dana and I will publicly discuss concerning our own marriage and parenting in a ministry family.

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Posted on July 25, 2011

  • pjski

    Tim, thanks for starting a site for families in ministry. I hope to glean from that as much as i do from the stuff you have on youth ministry.

    My wife is a PK and we sometimes clash on what I should be doing as the father to our children. She works hard to safeguard our children from being "preached to" all the time. This was unfortunately her experience as a PK. From the way she tells the story, it was always "on" for her no matter at home or church to be the good PK she was supposed to be. For that reason the pendulum gets swung way to the other side sometimes on how things are handled at home with our kids.

    I am very fortunate to be under a Sr. Pastor who models a family first approach to the entire ministry. There are 4 of us on staff and 2 of them are married. All of us have children and we do our best to make sure they know that they are loved and cared for above the ministries we lead. We tell the kids all the time that no matter which family they are with, we are all one big family that cares for each other. It shows up in the relationships the kids have with each other too.

    That being said, we still make mistakes and are prone to let the ministry get before the family. So I am looking forward to another voice of experience to help when the questions or anxieties of when leading ministry and leading a family clash.

    Thanks again for all you are doing.

    • http://www.studentministry.org Tim Schmoyer

      Thanks! We're looking forward to writing and creating videos for it!

      The whole "preaching to your kids" thing is something we'll be talking about because Dana's parents had a very different approach with her than mine did. Not saying one is right or wrong because it probably depends on the kids, but at least we'll bring light to what we think worked well for us and what didn't.

  • http://youthworktalk.com Phil Bell

    Tim, I just took a good look around the new site. Looks great! Looking forward to reading it regularly! Love the vision and focus behind it!

    • http://www.studentministry.org Tim Schmoyer

      Great! Thanks, Phil!

  • http://www.teachsundayschool.com/ MK@TeachSundaySchool

    This is so exciting! It can often be a little overwhelming and stressful when taking on a new venture, but it sounds like you've done the right thing by putting it all in God's hands. And I, for one, don't think that you're "unqualified" at all to write about the subject! It sounds like you have plenty of experience to work off of. Good luck!

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