RAISING KIDS TO LOVE THE CHURCH

Children of the ministry are not volunteers; they are conscripts. But even they can grow up enjoying their experience.

Serving a church. Raising a family. Too often they seem like competing demands. Are pastors who are committed both to their families and the church forced to shortchange one or the other? The latest book in THE LEADERSHIP LIBRARY answers with a resounding no!

The Healthy Hectic Home by LEADERSHIP managing editor Marshall Shelley offers the accumulated wisdom of people in ministry who have found ways to balance their dual calling to church and family. The following excerpt from that book deals with the pastor's challenge of providing a positive church experience for his own children.

What do Alice Cooper and Cotton Mather have in common? Not much, except that both grew up as sons of ministers.

The same is true of Aaron Burr, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Walter Mondale, John Tower, Marvin Gay, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sir Laurence Olivier. Other "preacher's kids" include Albert Schweitzer, Christian Barnaard, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

There is no guarantee, of course, that ...

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