The legacy of the church is pathetic when the focus is turned to the minister’s family. You don’t have to look very far, nor very deep, to find a minister’s family that has experienced some heavy duty pain directly because of the ministry itself… and the way in which the minister has responded to it. We all know that there are sacrifices that are made daily by ministers of all types and persuasions, lay and ordained, female and male, rural or urban. But what of the family members of said ministers? What do they contribute to the cause of ministry, or to the success of the minister? What do they sacrifice for the ministry?
Usually too much. Many a televangelist has had to admit to failing pretty miserably with their own family, even though their church grew more vibrant every year. More than a few times, this miserable “failure” could be measured in the personal misery of particular family members. This is also true for those less esteemed, or at least less famous, than their televised brethren.
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