Authenticity in Parenting and Ministry

I’m often asked how my ministry impacted my kids when they were young. To that, I say that I had an amazing example in my parents, and especially my dad.

Bob Hoskins, founder of OneHope, wasn’t a missionary because it was his vocation. We saw his calling lived out. Time after time, during our family prayer time, I would see him weep over the nations. His calling was fresh to us every week. My own desire to reach the lost was birthed in my heart at a very young age and continues to this day because it wasn’t something my dad talked about or something he did. It was who he was.

My parents also included us in their ministry. To us, it wasn’t Dad who was in ministry; we were a ministry family. When Kim and I had children, we emulated their example. We gave our daughters ministry responsibilities of their own, assignments that challenged them and caused them to look to God for strength and courage.

Too often, children of pastors, ministers, and missionaries don’t see the authenticity of their parents’ calling lived out as the priority within their home. Their parents compartmentalize their lives, and their messages from the pulpit don’t hold sway in their weekday lives.

You can’t fake authenticity. If you want your ministry to have a positive impact on your children, you’ve got to be living with ardent sincerity every day.

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Rob Hoskins is the president of OneHope. Since taking leadership of OneHope in 2004, he has continued to advance the vision of God’s Word. Every Child. by partnering with local churches to help reach more than 2 BILLION children and youth worldwide with a contextualized presentation of God’s Word.

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  1. Thanks Sir. This fact can not be overemphasized. You can’t fake authenticity. We have to ‘walk the talk’
    I believe this is where the Church falls short. Leaders are not impacting lives as God expects because actions and behaviors do not match what we say we believe. But, action speaks louder than words.
    It suggests to me that the belief of many Christians is merely mental assent. God help us! We have to realize that the only
    profession where we can not compartmentalize our lives to produce the expected outcomes is the work of God.
    More blessings, Sir.

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