PKs / Video / March 12, 2014

Trailer for “The Pastor’s Kid”

Check out this brief video trailer that David C. Cook put together for The Pastor’s Kid. I would love it if you shared this with pastors and PKs you know to let them know about the book. I think it will be  an encouragement and  help to them – for the PKs as a voice for their struggles and difficulties and for pastors as perspective and a challenge.  




44 Comments

Mar 12, 2014

Thanks for speaking into this area. I am a pastor with three kids (all under 6 right now) and the adventure begins.


    Mar 12, 2014

    Josue,

    I hope the book offers you some encouragement and perspective as you navigate parenting and pastoring. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you get a chance to read it down the road.


Mar 12, 2014

So excited to see this! I’m married to a PK and so far God have given us three PK’s of our own. I grew up with a non-Christian father so I don’t understand the difficulties. I’m hoping this book will help me not only lead my kids well but lead our church well. Thanks for your work Barnabas!


    Mar 12, 2014

    Thanks, Noah. I hope the book is a significant help and encouragement for you.


Mar 12, 2014

I have prayed my whole life for something like this. I am now an adult healing from the lack of grace that I grew up in as a PK. I had always hoped to minister to PKs, but have been too broken myself. God is good and I am learning grace. We are possible the least reached population in the christian community.


    Mar 12, 2014

    Rachel,

    I really hope my book offers you some encouragement! I definitely empathize with your pain and frustration. I would love to hear your thoughts when you get a chance to read it.


Mar 12, 2014

I am very much looking forward to reading this. As a new pastor and parent (2 sons under 2 years old), I’m aware of the likes of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Gospel Powered Parenting, and the like; but it will be beneficial to hear it directly from someone like you who grew up in a pastor’s home. Just out of curiosity, were your siblings able to give much input to the work?


Mar 12, 2014

So amazing that you’ve written this book, I’m a PK and am writing a book right now, about my life as a PK… By the grace of God I’m not the stereotypical pastors daughter, but it wasn’t easy to remain faithful to The Lord through the process… I am so thankful that you have written this to shed light on just how strange, challenging and sometimes painful being a PK can be… Can’t wait to read this and wish it was already released, haha, I will be buying extras to give away.


    Mar 12, 2014

    Thanks, Rebekah! I hope your own writing goes well and is a helpful experience.


Mar 12, 2014

Thank you so much for this wonderful resource. My husband is a youth pastor and we are raising four wild and wonderful boys under the watchful eye of the church. 🙂 We have seen both grace extended and judgement given already in our child-rearing. I’m looking forward to reading this book from someone who’s “made it through” to the other side. 🙂 Thank you so much!


    Mar 12, 2014

    I’m still making it. It’s an ongoing thing. I hope he book is a help and encouragement for you and your husband.


Mar 12, 2014

Funny, I just mentioned tonight in bible study my concern for my kids (3, 6, 9) being PKs. I was not a PK so I have no clue what it is like. I want them to grow up to love Christ with all their hearts! I am looking forward to this book so I can better understand and shepherd them. Thanks for writing and sharing – for His glory!


Mar 12, 2014

I’m a new pastor and my wife and I have a 9 month old son and I certainly look forward to read inane learning a lot from this book.


Mar 12, 2014

I’m happy to see this book. I was just thinking of this topic as I’ve tried to keep in mind books on raising kids who grow up as PK’s. My husband just got a job as a pastor and with one young ten month old son, this weighs heavy on my mind. It will be good to read your perspective and gain some insight. Looking forward to getting the book!


    Mar 13, 2014

    Thanks, Anika! I hope it is helpful piece for you. I’m really glad y’all are thinking about it especially while your son is so young.


Mar 12, 2014

Barnabas,

I once overheard my 10 year old daughter say to her friend, “I hate being a pastor’s kid”; it just about broke my heart. But it caused me to look hard at my own heart and seek to discern in what ways have I caused her to stumble. I look forward to reading your book together with her with the hope we might both be challenged, encouraged, and blessed.


    Mar 13, 2014

    Anthony,

    I have felt the same things she felt and said the same thing. I hope the book helps both of you. I’d love to hear your and her thoughts once y’all have a chance to read it.


Mar 12, 2014

God’s timely providence. As a pastor with a 16 year old son and 14 year old daughter I had just begun looking for a resource that addressed this area. I’m really excited about this book. Thank you for writing it. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


Mar 13, 2014

As a pastor who has stepped out of ministry for now because of personal failings, with hopes to return, I am very concerned about what impact my poor decisions have had on my four wonderful PKs. Thanks for this book. I certainly look forward to reading it.


    Mar 13, 2014

    Thanks, Bo. I hope the book is encouraging for you. Grace is a theme that runs throughout it, and one that is important to me. I hope it carries you too.


Mar 13, 2014

Our 12 years as PK’s has left such a stamp on myself and my three other siblings lives. Once that season was done, walking with The Lord has been such a different expirience altogether. Looking back,10 years out, it still has to be sorted and working through such an emotional season in my life. I’m looking forward to this book!


    Mar 13, 2014

    “Sorted” is a really good word for it. I’m still sorting in some ways too. I hope the book is one that will help you and your siblings do that.


Mar 13, 2014

I have 5 beautiful children whose faiths has been destroyed by the church. By the way the church treated and judged them as individuals and also by the way the church my husband was pastoring at the time treated him. It shouldn’t be this way and no offense intended Barnabas but there should be no need for a book like this to be written. The way Christians treat pastor’s children is shameful!


    Mar 13, 2014

    No offense taken; I whole-heartedly agree. I am so sorry to hear about your kids. I know of many who feel the same and followed similar roads. If I can be a help in any way please let me know.


Mar 13, 2014

Hi Barnabas,

Just want to say thank you for taking the time to write this book. I’m a pastors kid, now a pastor and have my own little girl. Really looking forward to reading this. The trailer is fantastic!

Thanks,

Calum


Mar 13, 2014

I am married to a PK. He is the oldest of 4 and the only one still walking with the Lord. We look forward to reading your book and I’m so thankful God put it on your heart to write it. There are a lot of hurting PK’s people out there so this is much needed.


    Mar 13, 2014

    Annie,

    I appreciate that. I hope the book is an encouragement to you and your husband and maybe even to his 3 siblings.


Mar 13, 2014

Definitely going to read this when it comes out. As first generation Christians, my wife and I put our faith in Christ as adults… quit my career in the computer industry and went into pastoral ministry. Nearly 8 years into it, we now have two pre-teen kids. So looking forward to going through this book with them.


Mar 13, 2014

As a father of three teens and two preschool aged kids I recognize the pressures on my kids. As a youth pastor that pressure can be even worse if I’m not careful to allow the older kids to express their faith in imperfect ways. Looking forward to instruction and encouragement. Thanks, Barnabas.


    Mar 13, 2014

    Jack,

    It’s always encouraging to hear someone in ministry express awareness like that. It will benefit your kids in the long run!


Mar 13, 2014

I initially looked into this because I know Ashley G. but now I am interested in your book. I am a p.k. and my husband is an associate pastor and we have four kids, three of whom are teenagers. After reading the “What People are saying” and how they say you are very open and honest in your book, I’m even more interested. On the one hand, I feel like I had a very positive experience growing up as a senior pastor’s kid, but on the other hand, sometimes I wonder if I have hidden bitterness that I am still having trouble dealing with, even as a 43-year old and even though my dad is now with the Lord.


Mar 13, 2014

I know Ashley’s parents from my time in OR and I know Karsten and Shelly now here in SW MN! I am a PK myself so this looks like a great book and I’ll recommend it for sure!


Mar 16, 2014

As a PK I can’t wait to read this!! Its been a road and a half, its just recently that I started hearing others PKs experiences, not like mine and not any better than mine…would love to hear an american PKs experience,lol.


Mar 17, 2014

I am excited about this book! I am my pastor’s wife! And we have three children who are oblivious to the PK lifestyles, because we teach them they are to live for Christ. Although we do not make it a ‘big deal’ being a PK, but more a big deal to have their names written in the Book of Life and to live like it. We are sure there will be circumstances that will occur and people who will greet them with expectations the older they get. Thank you so much. We look forward to reading.


Aug 11, 2014

barnabas~ might you consider doing PK conferences? i purchased your book 24 hours ago and it’s already dog-eared and tear-stained. and i’ve ordered 5 more copies for my 5 PK’s, aged 18-25. we have had a warm and happy family life, we 7. but i know the underlying damage that’s been done. it occurs to me after devouring the book, that you, being a perfect stranger to my group, understands their situation even better than i do. this should be required reading for all those planning to marry a PK as well. let the healing streams begin~


    Aug 11, 2014

    Emily,
    Thanks so much for the kind words and for letting me know the book has connected with you! I would love to do some sort of event for PKs. You aren’t the first to suggest it, and I think it’s a great idea. At this point we’ll have to see what connections God makes because I don;t think I can be the one to make it happen. Although I’d be thrilled to participate in getting one off the ground.


Sep 09, 2014

Wow, thank you so much for writing this book. I’m a PK from New Zealand (& married to one!) and could relate to so much you wrote. I loved the quotes from the other PK’s and loved that you talk straight to all – PK’s, Pastors & the church in general. I have read a few books by PK’s but this has definitely been the best one – it needed to be written. I have a heart for PK’s in my country and can’t wait to see what God will do here! Thank you for using your gift to write… such a blessing!



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