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PK’S and MK’S

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jul 19, 2018

What are a PK and an MK? PK is an abbreviation for a preacher’s kid and MK is an abbreviation for a missionary’s kid. These children of parents that are in the ministry live in a unique environment unlike any other occupation. Being a PK has its assets and liabilities. It is a blessing to live in a home of dedicated servants of God but this can also place expectations that at times may seem unreasonable. The attitude of the parents is the most important aspect of insuring these children grow up normal and well adjusted. It is possible to rear godly children while following the call to serve in the ministry.

Every child in the ministry is held to a higher standard than others in the world. This is not a bad thing but if a child is not protected from undue expectations it can lead to resentment and rebellion. How can a parent in the ministry insure that his children turn out right? Though circumstances may differ God’s help is always needed. Without the intervention of God no child would live for Him. While some have struggled with their circumstances others have grown up in the ministry and excelled in life through the godly influence they received in a their home. With God’s help and your concerted effort you can rear godly children in the ministry.

The goal of every Christian parent should be for their child to have a heart for God and a desire to serve the Lord. What can a church planter do to protect his children and direct them to serve God? The first thing that comes to mind is they must be allowed to be children. They must not get the idea that they are privileged or better than others nor should they think they are unfairly expected to be perfect. One way to pass on your passion for the ministry is to include them in your ministry in every way possible. Even small children can see themselves as church planters. I was the son of a farmer and I always felt that I was a farmer even though it was really my father who was the farmer. The reason I considered myself a farmer is I was always helping with the many duties of the farm. A child included in the ministry will see himself as part of the ministry.

There are many tasks that children can perform such as learning an instrument (especially the piano) or singing in the choir or with a group for specials. Working on a bus route, cleaning the church or serving in any variety of ministries all give them an important sense of involvement.

In addition to areas of service preachers must remember their children are children and everything is not business. Playing ball, fishing, boating and many other hobbies will give your children reassurance that you care about them and that they are more important than the ministry. Of course your family should be more important than the ministry. If you lose your children you have no ministry. “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” - - 1 Timothy 3:4-5 

It is possible to have a successful ministry and a faithful family. The two should go together. It should be a privilege and blessing to be a PK or an MK!

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - - Proverbs 22:6