Wednesday Words: Tate Cockrell on Pastors Prioritizing Family

Tate Cockrell is one of our counseling professors at Southeastern Seminary, and I respect him greatly. Hear his words about pastors taking care of their families:

“Unfortunately, we have often glorified the pastor who neglects his family for the cause of ministry because ‘the ends justify the means.’ If he is growing the church and helping others, then his neglect is seen as an occupational hazard. We fail to realize that neglect of my family is not something that should be glorified; rather, it is a disqualification from ministry. God is not pleased when we, as ministers, fail in our most basic responsibilities of being a husband and father, not even when the excuse is ministry.”*


If you want to learn more about Tate’s ministry to pastors and churches, check out his website at

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