Front Row Seat: Raising Pastors’ Kids

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As we raise pastors’ kids, how do we model faith, repentance, steadfastness, and obedience without placing unnecessary or unrealistic pressures on our children? In our homes, how do we live out the message of the gospel beyond just Sunday mornings?

If you’re a pastor’s wife who has children of any age, you probably need to hear this truth louder than any pressure or expectation surrounding you: God is gracious to you as you raise your kids, he’s gracious toward your children, and his grace is sufficient for you as you journey through every season of parenthood.

In this episode of Front Row Seat, Kristen Wetherell and Kari Olson talk with Karen Hodge—pastor’s wife and mom of two adult children—about how to extend the grace and love of Jesus to our children who hold the unique role of being “pastors’ kids.” They discuss practical ways to teach our children how to take their hearts to their Heavenly Father, the importance of our family as our first ministry, and how to be consistent and intentional with our kids—especially during the teen and young adult years. Whatever season of parenting you’re in as a pastor’s wife, this conversation is for you.

Episode time stamps:

  • Kari’s story of a hard morning at church (00:00)
  • Introduction to Karen Hodge (4:12)
  • Parenting through the highs and lows (6:57)
  • Healthy, biblical expectations to have for our kids (10:53)
  • Learning to coach our hearts and theirs (12:27)
  • Magnifying the Lord together as a family (16:42)
  • The principle of stewardship (19:20)
  • Helping our kids love the church (21:00)
  • The overflow and state of the heart (27:00)
  • Never being shocked (31:00)
  • Family is our first ministry (33:29)
  • Final thoughts from Kristen and Kari (37:51)
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