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True Confessions of a Pastor’s Kid

3. Church culture.

I already mentioned this one in brief, but I wanted to give it some more time.

As a PK, this is the most enraging part of being raised in church. People are hypocrites, and the worst sort you can imagine. I’ve heard personal horror stories of outright betrayal to sexual abuse. It’s my least favorite part of being a Christian and working in ministry.

Even now, as a part of church leadership, I am impressed by people’s utter selfishness. It seems that few want to serve, to fulfill the call made to them by Christ himself. Rather, they want to show up on Sunday morning, judge the music, judge the sermon and then go home so they can pat themselves on the back and call themselves Christians.

Some days, it’s all I can do to keep from throwing a stapler through a wall.

For a while, I was quite disillusioned by the church itself. I was tired of judgmental moralists, money grubbing televangelists and picky church members. I struggled with bitterness.

But what I had to realize is that I’m not here for the church, I’m here for God. God has commanded that I go to church and serve her, His bride. I must choose to keep my eyes focused on Him and my heart focused on discipling those with a true heart.

The end of it.

Mostly, I think pastor’s kids are just normal people who grew up in odd circumstances. We have a different perspective on the world because our parents’ business was mankind itself, unlike other kids’ parents.

These are just a few things that I’ve seen growing up around the church as a pastor’s kid. I’m not saying that I’m right, I just call it like I see it.

I’d love to hear your input.   

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Joey Cottle is a student and a worship leader from west Michigan where he lives with his daughter and parents. He likes to write things like songs, poems, or blog posts. He also contributes to a religion column in his local newspaper.