Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pastor Jordan


A couple weeks ago my youngest son Jordan (6) came home from school announcing he needed a pastor's "costume". I asked him why and he explained his kindergarten class would have a "career" day event where each student could dress up as a worker or whatever they wanted to be when they grew up. Jordan wanted to be a pastor so he needed me to get him a pastor's costume. I told him it would be no problem thinking he has a little suit he wears some Sundays. Well, a couple days ago he was rather upset I hadn't gotten him a pastor's costume yet. Then I realized he wanted a robe! I'm not sure the Geneva robe comes in his size and if it does, I wasn't going to spend the $$ to get him one. So, in the end I convinced him to wear his suit and carry a bible. Yeah, he looks pretty baptist in that suit carrying his big bible, but what can I say?


On a serious note, I have been continually flattered that all three of my sons speak of wanting to be a pastor. Now, I know they're only doing this because it's what they know, it's what they see me do. Further, I honestly don't care in the least what vocations my children take up, so long as they love Christ and His Church. Heck, my retirement plan depends on my boys not becoming pastors (joke!).


The fact that all three of my boys have a positive outlook on the pastoral ministry is a credit to my wife and church. My schedule is busy and crazy at times. Lots of evening activities that take me away from home as well as the usual constant calls and emails a shepherd gets. Yet, my children think it's a worthy vocation. My wife never complains about what I (we) do. Sure, there are seasons where we wish we could get away for some refreshment, certainly their are some vocational frustrations unique to pastoral ministry. But ultimately my whole family senses we are doing what God wants us to do. Pastoral ministry is a unique vocation for so many reasons. Every family member has to embrace the calling. Yes, Redeemer called and pays me, but in reality, they called my family too. Over these 12+ years at Redeemer I have always sensed a strong support from the elders and congregation about spending proper time and attention nurturing my family. My boys have a positive view of pastoral ministry largely because of the church we minister to.


I do not take for granted there will always be contentment in my family about pastoral ministry. I pray for God to give me and my family joy in the ministry each day. I also pray that God would keep me from putting the ministry over my family. But for now, on this day, I'm touched by my baby son Jordan wearing his pastor's costume to school. I hope he doesn't rip the knees out of his pants at recess...

5 comments:

Frontier Forest said...

Exciting beyond words to watch them grow, to see their powerful witness, to pray for… to think a head… to vision God’s plans, to dream of who God will use them, and what God has in store for each of these young warriors, AJ, Nico, Jordon and Josh!

Zach said...

Tony,

Very cool. You must be doing something right--they're not just following because it's all they know. You could probably find something like a Geneva robe at ourcoatsofmanycolors.com. It's a local kids costume shop that specializes in religious-themed costumes.

Although most of the costumes are aimed at Catholics (that's where the market is), the business is actually run by a Protestant. A little pricey, but very neat. Thanks to them, I was able to go trick-or-treating this year with a Cardinal archbishop, Benedictine monk, and Franciscan friar. :)

Lyle said...

Maybe instead of the robe, just get a magic marker and draw a chin beard on him.

Rick Calohan said...

What a blessed testimony and Praise God that Jordan attends Westminster where a student can actually bring a Bible to school. As for the Geneva Robe perhaps you could explain to Jordan although I am sure he already knows that after many years of study that he too can wear the Geneva Robe just like his dear old dad and Pastor does.

Christina said...

That's really sweet! I grew up a pastor's daughter, and told my parents all the time I would have nothing to do with the ministry...now I am married to an ordained minister! Ha. My mom always said,"Never say never!" It was hard in a lot of ways, but looking back my perspective is different.
It really is a testimony to your whole family that your boys say that! What a great reward, and an honor to the One you serve.