Live from Pepperdine

Live from the Pepperdine Lectures, it appears to be a good year. Jeremiah has proven to be a wonderful book for the week. There are, for the first time in a while…a number of new books written by authors from Churches of Christ. It’s refreshing to see some picking up the pen again. The two that I’m looking forward to reading most are volume 2 of Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep, and Rubel Shelly’s new book, Divorce and Remarriage.

Emily and I will teach a class in about 30 minutes called: Life in the Fish Bowl–Thriving as a Family in Ministry. Any thoughts on the topic?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Tim,
    I minister in a small town context. In the small world, everyone lives in the fishbowl. The difference for the minister’s family is that mistakes and problems are not acceptable, but with other families, they are seen as just human. Tim, the members would benefit from seeing Ministrial families as family presented in the bible, messy at times, and great at times. We do not have one account of a perfect family in the bible, so why do we expect perfection from today’s preaching family?

  2. I am proud of my family for enduring all the “you know what” that comes as a result of their husband and dad being a minister, especially being one in a place where there is a lot of opposition. My kids and wife have lost friends, been the target of gossip, have had to endure me being criticized and crucified, and they seem to be able to handle it as well as anyone could. There are some things that have helped us in that. One, we try not to hide things as a family. They know what’s going on and we don’t act or talk like nothing’s happening. Two, we try our best not to put typical “preacher kid” pressure on them ourselves. We let them be them, even if it means longer hair and a beard, even if it means letting them go to the prom, they are good kids and I trust them. I try not to impose behavior on them that doesn’t fit them. Three, I do all I can to participate with them in their lives. I do my best not to let my church family ruin my own family by unduly taking me away from them. Four, I purposely don’t push them toward professional ministry as a career. That may be an expectation that people have for preacher’s kids, but in my mind, professional ministry is a called position, not a chosen one. I will let them be called into it if that is what God wants, but I won’t push them into it.
    Just some thoughts from a guy with a wonderful wife and 4 kids who seem to do ministry pretty well as a family.