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Pastor Secrets: 5 Things Your Pastor Wishes He Could Tell You

4. I so appreciate it when you cut my family some slack.

It’s fine for you to put me under a microscope. I get that. I got called into this and I’m accountable.

But this church is a place where my family is growing up. It’s a place where my kids are asking their own questions and where my wife comes on her good days and bad days.

When you treat them as people who are on their own faith journey and hold them up to no greater standards than you do any other family, you give my family an incredible gift.

We are pursuing Christ together, and when you give us grace, you actually make that journey richer. (Thank you, Connexus, for doing this so, so well.)

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Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.