You've heard the horror stories. You know the temptations. So let's look to some positive examples and learn from others' experience. What's the best thing pastors can do for their children?
Watching the discussion between Joshua Harris, Kent Hughes, and Voddie Baucham, you realize there's no special secret to success. As Baucham says about family devotions, "If you don't keep it simple, you won't keep it going." Repetition reaps long-lasting rewards.
Hughes points out that a pastor's schedule can be leveraged so being a PK doesn't need to seem so bad. Harris himself grew up in a ministry home where he learned to love learning, especially by reading. So take your kids out to school during lunch. Take them to the park for breakfast. Use your flexible calendar to love your children.
Just before the video concludes, watch as Baucham points out to Hughes the one thing he left out in the list of best things he did for his kids.
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.