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9 Reasons Your Family Thinks The Church Is More Important Than Them

Family / Parenting //

If you are in ministry either full time, part time or even volunteer it can be very easy to get carried away with what we are doing in the church and forget about our responsibilities in our own homes.  Hopefully if you are involved in ministry then you are passionate about what is happening in peoples lives.  This is a driving force in my life.  I want to see peoples lives genuinely changed towards a lifestyle that revolves around a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is easy to say that is a major motivator for me.

But what about my family?  I have a wife, 4 kids, many extended family.  I have responsibilities to them that actually come first…BEFORE my ministry at the church.  If your family has ever told you that they feel like they are second fiddle to your ministry you may be doing one of these things.

  1. You tell them it’s more important.
  2. You tell others it’s more important.
  3. You don’t take a day off.
  4. You respond to emails and texts during designated family time.
  5. All you talk about at home is stuff happening at church.
  6. You regularly miss major events in your family because of church stuff.
  7. You don’t adhere to your regular set office hours.
  8. You don’t use all of your vacation time.
  9. You use vacation time to get away so you can catch up on your to do list.

If you are guilty of any of these and your family is complaining that they don’t get enough time from you then I would highly suggest that you make some changes!  Family first!!!

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About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!