The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, in a special NewsPoints bulletin, sought to distance itself from “Preacher’s Daughters,” a reality show that features the daughter of an Adventist pastor in its second season. The bulletin stated,
It has come to our attention that a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and his family are included in a reality television show on the Lifetime Network.
Although we were unaware of the family’s involvement in this program, and it misrepresents some of the standards and principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we care deeply about the issues raised. It sheds light on the challenges that are unique to pastors and their families, and we empathize with their experience.
According to The Christian Post, Tori Elliott, the 22-year-old daughter of Pastor Kenny Elliott of Bethel Seventh-day-Adventist Church in New Orleans, made her “Preachers’ Daughters” debut in season two of the show. “The former police officer-turned party girl who showed up to church drunk got evicted from her apartment in the first episode,” CP reports. “Tori told CP that she came onto the show to give viewers the perspective of preachers’ daughters who are dealing with life not as teenagers, but young adults overcoming the temptations of the world.”
The NAD not only sought to distance itself from the show, but also to offer resources for children of ministers.
The message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a one of hope and wholeness. We value the sanctity of the family unit and seek to do all we can to strengthen, support and help them grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
In 2013 the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America started development of a video series to address these types of issues in hopes that it will help to spark conversation and lead to resolutions. A sample of this series can be found at www.vimeo.com/nadadventist/pastorsfamily. More information about the series can be found at http://bitsy.spinics.net/1014.
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