I host a support group for pastors’ and elders’ daughters in my home in Piscataway, NJ. It is open to women 18 years and older and usually meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (and it is free).
The goal of our group is to provide a gracious and supportive community for young women who are often under scrutiny in their own churches. Pastors’ kids experience a lot of pressure to live up to external legalistic standards. These young people are often painfully aware of the criticism and negativism of church members toward their families.
Even though the gospel of Jesus Christ says that we are accepted on the basis of Christ’s performance, these young people experience conditional acceptance based on their own performance or their parents’ performance. This support group aims to live out the gospel of Christ in our profession and in our practice.