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My wife and I are days away from welcoming our first Son into the world, and I can not wait to meet Benjamin Ethan.
He won’t be a junior (different middle name), but I am naming him after myself for one main reason, a vow to myself. My Father has been in Ministry for nearly 40 years, and has mentored and coached me through more trials and situations than I can even remember. If I could someday do half as much as my Dad does, accomplish as much as he does and has, be the kind of Father he is and Grand-Father he is, that would be my life dream. And I know that if he had named me, or my two older brothers, after himself, we all three would have great pride in sharing his name.
So my Vow to my Son is that I will be the kind of Father that will bring great joy and pride to share my name.
I remember when I was about to go into 11th grade, my Youth Pastor and his wife announced to our Youth Ministry that they were expecting their first child, and of course, we were all so thrilled. I remember that night after Youth Group, my youth pastor insisting he drive me home, even though I lived on Church Campus and it was just as far as a walk to his car as my house, and I remember him asking me as soon as I sat in his car “What can I do so my child doesn’t hate church, what are things your parents did you didnt like and things they do you do like about being a Pastor’s Kid.”
I have my own students now to ask this question, but what I do want to know is the advice that you, fellow Youth Workers, would have as I make my final preparations. What is something you wish someone would have told you as you became “Youth Pastor Dad.”
Please leave it in the comments. I know I am not the only Youth Pastor expecting right now, and I could name several Youth Pastor’s I know who just had their first children in the last few months. Share your expert advice with us.