I grew up in a pastor’s home. My brother and I were both called into ministry, and one of my sons is my pastor. I consult pastors on an almost daily basis. Pastors are very special to me. When I meet their wife and kids, it doesn’t take but a few minutes to realize when a family longs for more from their pastor parent and spouse. The Christmas season is a very important time for any family, a time when pastors should be especially sensitive to meeting their family’s needs.
1. Uninterrupted and significant amounts of time.
Most pastors are on call 24 hours a day. In many pastor’s homes, when the phone rings, everyone cringes. No matter if the family is playing a game together or watching a television show that is the “family favorite,” the pastor is often drawn into an elongated phone call or has to head off to take care of some situation. Pastor, if you want to greatly bless and impress your family, turn your phone off and set it aside some during this holiday season. If necessary, change your voicemail to say that you’re on vacation (if you’re vacationing during this time) and checking voicemail periodically. Your family will love ya’ for it.
2. A model follower of Christ, worshiping Him.
I can’t speak for you, but I must confess, in the past, I’ve been guilty of telling others how to lead their families to worship the Messiah during advent without being consistent with this in my own home. I’d be nearly certain that my hypocrisy had a negative affect on my family’s faith. During this advent season, whatever you request of your church members, be certain you do it in your own home.