GUEST POST by Michael Bayne (of ParentMinistry.net)
This is a post that I struggle writing because there is no way I am getting nominated for “Dad of the Year.” I am learning on the go the same way all the rest of you are as parents. The question I am wrestling with is can I be a good pastor and dad?
I ask the question because I know every pastor, minister, and lead volunteer out there wonders if they are giving the best they have to the ministry they lead at church and ministry God has given them at home. I think the answer to the question is YES, you can be a good dad and pastor. I believe this because I have been mentored by some guys that I have watched balance the weight of parenting and ministry. As I have watched these guys balance the two I have come to believe that all of them had to make some hard choices that set them up to be good dads and good pastors simultaneously. I am discovering for myself a few choices I have to make if I want to balance my call to serve others and invest in my children at home.
Is balancing ministry and parenting hard for you also? I struggle with being fully present at home…playing as hard as I work. Which one is hard for you? What are some things you would add to this list?
If you are a children’s pastor and you want to process how you can be a better parent and also set up parents in your church to be better parents check out ParentMinistry.Net. We launched a new podcast this month and my friend Brian Dollar is featured on it this week! Check it out here!