How a priest's spirituality affects his parenting

Pastor Jimmy Bartz discusses how his spirituality affects his parenting
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How a priest's spirituality affects his parenting

People ask me because I'm a priest how does spirituality influence my parenting. And I would respond on every level. My spiritual practices are so central to who I am, so engaging in practices of prayer and service and focusing on narrative, in my experience the narrative of the Bible and communicating those practices of prayer as they are age-appropriate to my kids or mindfulness or cultivating practices of compassion have been central to my identity as a parent because they're central to my own identity as a man. So cultivating spiritual practices as a parent is really central to my experience as a priest. But what I would also say is if you're a parent without spiritual practices, it's very likely that you will not be successful cultivating spirituality in the life of your children. So you start with yourself first. We start with ourselves first as parents in almost every aspect, and we look at our lives and we take an assessment of where we sit spiritually, what our practices are, and how they inform the lives that we live. And then we seek to either deepen those practices. And then we seek to acknowledge them and then pass them on to our children.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz discusses how his spirituality affects his parenting


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Jimmy serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior to coming to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent Episcopal Church in the Santa Monica, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas, and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.
Married to Cindy and dad to Jas and Jade, the Bartz family loves to spend time outside mountaineering, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting and surfing.  Jimmy is currently writing a book on the spirituality of risk.

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