I am the daughter of a pastor. I'm also friends with many other pastor’s kids. Once a pastor’s kid, always a pastor’s kid. If you're a pastor's kid, whether your parents are still in ministry or not, people still look at you with a certain standard or even certain stereotypes.
In his book, The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, Barnabas Piper speaks of the stereotypes often associated with pastor’s kids. He explains how they are typically left between a rock and a hard place, between being considered rebels or being overly legalistic which leads to identity issues and scrutiny. People tend to (often unfairly) project these expectations on children of pastors.
So how do these expectations compare to what pastor's kids are actually going through? From my experience, here are 11 things you may not know pastor’s kids are thinking about their relationship with their parents.