I'd rather have a pro

I’d rather have a pro

One aspect of my house church life is the personal discipleship of my 9 year old boy David. We are slowly working our way through Mark and we got to the part where Jesus picked his disciples. I flipped us over to Acts 1 and talked about how we an be empowered by the Spirit to be Jesus’ witnesses in the world. We can be disciples much like the first ones. I asked David if he wanted to be a disciple and he said yes. I responded by saying Jesus spent a couple of years teaching and training his disicples and asked him he wanted me to do that. He said no, he’d rather have a pro! After I explained to him that my education actually qualifies me as a pro he said ok.

  1. #1 by Leighton Tebay on March 27, 2006 - 9:10 am

    As per my policy I deleted an anonymous comment here. To whoever you are, the post is intended to be humorous and I don’t consider myself a “pro” while considering others “amateurs”.

  2. #2 by Nin on March 27, 2006 - 10:43 pm

    I appreciate your humor, brought a smile to my face 🙂


  3. #3 by Ian on March 28, 2006 - 1:11 am

    I over-react sometimes. Perhaps more often than not.

    Yet, I still feel that there are no professionals in the service of Christ, and none of us should take that tack.

    I’m sorry. Perhaps you meant it to be humorous, but I am saddened by it.

  4. #4 by Leighton Tebay on March 28, 2006 - 7:35 am


    I’m an anabaptist and an unpaid house church leader. I believe very strongly in organic church without full time staff. This is partly why my 9 year old’s statement is funny. Note very carefully that I said I was qualified as a “pro” not that I was one. I said that because I have academic credentials that qualify to be a “pro” in the world of career ministry. Sometimes in conversations with 9 year olds you just want to avoid an argument. We’ll get to the clergy laity split later on.

  5. #5 by dave on March 28, 2006 - 9:59 am

    Well I thought it was funny and I was also impressed with the way you answered the question. You did not rebuke your 9 YEAR OLD son or make him feel stupid by throwing out some big retort as to how it’s impossible to be a “pro” Christian/disciple. Instead you basically pointed out to your son that you are as qualified to disciple your son as anyone. What saddens me – is that someone would be so strict in their beliefs that they could not find the humour in a simple comment made by a 9 year old child and that they would be so quick to judge an innocent post on a webblog that they would miss the whole point of this. LT – this is awesome that your son wants to be discipled – what an awesome understanding and commitment for a 9 year old boy – you must be very proud – and you ought to be.

  6. #6 by Toni on March 29, 2006 - 3:18 pm

    If that’s the Ian I think it is, I suspect the ‘joke’ was invisible because of culture. I too took it seriously (and TBH having re-read it, it STILL doesn’t look funny at all) and was about to comment about perception and reality – both in others and in self.


    It’s good that he wants to be discipled – great even. As a parent, it’s very hard to disciple your natural children *like that* due to familiarity, even though we actually DO disciple them for their future lives. I think you’ve been presented with a precious opportunity.

  7. #7 by joseph on March 29, 2006 - 8:35 pm

    As a dad to young kids, I thought it was humourous and very true to real life. There is something about it that reminds me of my kids’ ability to keep me humble!

  8. #8 by robbymac on March 30, 2006 - 12:06 am

    I found it really funny, too. But then again, I still think Dr. Johnny Fever from “WKRP In Cincinati” is the coolest sitcom character ever…

  9. #9 by Marc on March 30, 2006 - 11:53 am

    Hmmm…Toni, I’m curious to know how “culture” makes a difference in this. It’s a cute anecdote about his boy–you know, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”–I’m not sure how that could be taken differently across the pond.

  10. #10 by ross daws on April 1, 2006 - 8:55 pm

    When I was growing up here in Australia, “pro” was short for prostitute, not professional. That’s certainly one way that culture changes the tone of the story!!

  11. #11 by Toni on April 3, 2006 - 2:37 pm

    Ross – the same thing goes here, although in context it couldn’t easily be misunderstood.

    Marc – the little cues that would normally tell us it was intended to be funny are absent for me. It’s hard to explain, but it just reads deadpan – there’s no ‘grin’ in the phrasing. Like some of the early episodes of ‘friends’ – there was a little humour there, but you had to really dig for it. Most of the time you’d only know to laugh thanks to the canned audience.

    Maybe I just don’t know LT well enough to realise he has a sense of humour like this???

  12. #12 by Marc on April 3, 2006 - 3:19 pm

    So the term “pro sports” would have an entirely different meaning for you guys? Or if I said “David Beckham is a pro” I would be insulting the man? 🙂

  13. #13 by Rob Kroeker on April 3, 2006 - 3:28 pm

    I’m a pro too…boy, that’s really gone far for me. Anyone have a coffee machine that needs fixin?

    I think it’s interesting that at Nine years of age, a young boy looks for a ‘Pro’. Almost ‘modernistic’. Looks like a good time to start the reprogramming…

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