Raising Kids Who Don’t Hate the Church

Episode 665: Church-planters face the daily challenge of parenting in a way that their children grow up to love the Lord and not be alienated by being “preacher’s kids.” Co-hosts Ed Stetzer and Michael Crawford discuss “the good, the bad and the ugly” of raising kids in a church planting context with Jenique Saunders of McLean Bible Church – Arlington, Virginia.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Concerns church-planting parents should be thinking about
  • Advice about the impact ministry will have on kids
  • How church-planting parents can set up their kids for success
  • What parents can do to ensure their home is a healthy place
  • Gospel truths ministry parents need to keep in mind

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

Ministry leaders are rightfully doing so many things outside of their home for people in the church. A concern we’ve had is, “Am I offering more of myself to those in my church than I am to my own children?” – Jenique Saunders

It’s about prioritizing and spending the time. Sometimes parents underestimate their influence on their kids and overestimate the influence of the outside world. – Michael Crawford

We as parents, we want to control the outcomes, but we can’t. All we can do is make sure that we are a primary source of good influence in their life. – Michael Crawford

You want to make comfortable places for your kids to fail. If my kid is going to mess something up, I want to be there to accept them and walk them through that with grace. And I want to be careful with the ways that I talk about them with people who are in my church. – Jenique Saunders

Our primary responsibility toward our kids is to be in a right relationship with them. God’s business is salvation and spiritual things. – Michael Crawford

We want our two boys to be able to say, “They loved Jesus at home too.” – Jenique Saunders

Our kids will never be beyond the reach of the love of God in Christ Jesus. If you’ve sown seeds into your children, loved them and exposed them to the truth, God’s going to work all that out. – Michael Crawford


Published May 10, 2022

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