By: Carrie Austin
As a pastor’s kid, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of church life. Like many PK’s, I struggled through rebellion and making my faith my own. I have felt the sting of “godly” people doing ungodly things and the heartache and confusion of my own family being their target. I understand, now, the financial toll of a sacrificial life of ministry. I can also say that I have seen the fulfillment and passion that that same life can bring.
My parents were not perfect by any means--they would be the first to admit their failures-- but as a product of their life of ministry, I can say there is so much that they did right. How do I know?
I have a love for the church that grows more and more with time. I am able to look back on my relationship with my parents without the longing of unmet needs from them in my childhood. I am pursuing a life of ministry myself through counseling and finally, my love, respect and admiration for my parents only grows with each passing year.
Ministry dads, here are five things I believe that my dad did for me as I was growing up “in the fishbowl” of ministry that helped me:
Carrie Austin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Cedar Park, Texas, the owner of True Change Counseling and a member of the Texas Baptists Counseling Services network. She has over 14 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families and her practice has a special focus on couples and teen girls.
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