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One Surprising Advantage to Being a Kids Pastor

Feb 12 2015

I have only ever had one job in our church. The location has changed and the role has morphed over the last 14 years but every time it involved serving the children and families of Hillsong Church.

From the first day to now I have been a kids pastor.

And I realised now with three kids of my own that I have a few unexpected perks.

1. A huge selection of awesome team who can help our family out with babysitting.

2. It’s considered research to go and see the latest Pixar movie.

3. Pastoral care always involves chocolate in some way or the other.

But the biggest thing I appreciate is demonstrated at our small group. They are surrounded by kids leaders from our team who are experts at connecting with kids. Asking the right questions, getting down to their level and most of all, reinforcing and underpin the message of the Gospel of Christ that we are imparting.

Now my kids go to a public school and interact with friends from a variety of backgrounds which I believe is vital to help them see the world from anothers perspective (less than 7% of the kids in NSW Australia will be at church this weekend).

I need other voices in the life of my children to reinforce what I am teaching them and to encourage. They cannot replace my voice but they can support.

Research from Lifeway suggests, “Teens who had at least one adult from church make a significant time investment in their lives also were more likely to keep attending church. More of those who stayed in church – by a margin of 46 percent to 28 percent – said five or more adults at church had invested time with them personally and spiritually.” (Source)

You’re probably not a kids pastor (why not? Seriously… Consider it… What kids believe by the time they are 13 is probably what they will believe when they are 80), but you too can have the same advantage as me, surround yourself with adults and families that want to see your kids follow Jesus for the rest of their lives!