Shane Pruitt: When a Minister’s Family Struggles

Shane Pruitt

Shane Pruitt serves as the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He and his wife, Kasi, reside in Rockwall, Texas with their five children: Raygen, Harper, Titus, Elliot, & Glory. He has been in ministry for over 17 years as a church planter, lead pastor, associate pastor, and student pastor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in History, and a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling.

Key Questions for Shane Pruitt

– Tell us about your family’s journey with adoption. What was that like?

– What advice do you have for ministers experiencing hardship at home?

– What did people do that helped (and what didn’t help) as you have gone through challenges with your family?

Key Quotes from Shane Pruitt

“I love churches; I love the bride of Christ; I love pastors and leaders. But I always say my primary ministry is my family. Everything else I do is from the overflow of that.”

“On the one year anniversary of [adopting our son], we just both crashed. We crashed emotionally, physically, spiritually.”

“Through some great counseling and through some great advice from friends and ministry partners, we returned back to what God’s word says and stopped relying on all these cliches that people were telling us.”

“You need to mourn the death of the picture-perfect family you had in mind.”

“As pastors and ministry leaders, we are the best at giving help and we are the worst at receiving help.”

“When we were pretending like we had it all together, we didn’t see a lot of freedom in our church to be transparent and authentic.”

“I think we can err on one of two sides. We can err on the side of being so deep theologically that we are way over everybody’s head when we speak or we’re so scared of conflict that even when we hear heresies or we hear bad theology or bad doctrine, we just ignore it.”

“It’s one thing for you to suffer, but when you see your children suffer, it’s a whole other level.”

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye