Life as a pastor's wife offers meaningful opportunities to play a significant part in God's work, to witness and participate in the beauty of changed lives. Yet it also carries the potential for deep wounds and great conflict that can drain the joy out of service. Is it worth it? Oh, yes, says Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren and cofounder of Saddleback Church. It is more than worth the risk--it's a sacred privilege. Drawing on more than forty years in ministry in every possible size church, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give readers the confidence needed to lead and live well. Pastor's wives learn to - accept who they are - adapt to change - help their children survive and thrive - protect their private lives - deal with criticism - live with integrity - develop an eternal perspective Whether she is excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, every pastor's wife will find hope and encouragement for their calling in Kay's warm and wise words.
A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry
Author: Siang-Yang Tan
Pubpsher: Baker Academic
This comprehensive textbook on pastoral ministry for pastors, church leaders, and students articulates a biblical model for shepherding God's people. Written by a leading psychologist and seminary professor who has served as a pastor for more than two decades, the book covers twelve major areas of pastoral ministry, highlights the essential work of the Holy Spirit, and focuses on the personal and family life of the pastor. It includes cross-cultural perspectives of special interest in our diverse world and a foreword by John Ortberg.
A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness, and More
Author: Karen Stiller
Pubpsher: Tyndale Momentum
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"To belong helps me to believe. We are all messy and miraculous, at the same time. Church scrapes us up against each other. It skins our knees. It wounds and then it heals. We are supposed to love each other all the time, and I don't think it ever stops being hard. We are people with ragged edges. And because we are in community with each other, pointed in the same general direction toward God, gathering, worshiping, praying, and eating at all those carb-filled potlucks, we help each other grow. Candid, funny, and tender, The Minister's Wife is a memoir in essays that transports you into one woman's life while inspiring you to think differently about your own. As Karen Stiller shares her own deep-from-the-heart experiences as a minister's wife-with forgiveness, marriage, parenting, doubt, loneliness, and much more-she welcomes us all to join her on a rich, difficult, yet ultimately grace-filled spiritual adventure"--
Release on 2006-06-01 | by Derek Prime,Alistair Begg
Understanding Our Calling and Work
Author: Derek Prime,Alistair Begg
Pubpsher: Moody Publishers
The calling to the pastorate is one fraught with perils and privileges. The urgent needs of the church often cause dismissal of personal soul issues. And he who isn't 'fed' will find it hard to 'feed' others. Alistair Begg and Derek Prime have been successful pastors and teachers of pastors for many decades. They challenge those who feel called to preaching ministry to a proper stewardship of life, a deeper love for the Lord, a personal devotional life, purity, and time for study and preparation. But most of all, they help future pastors determine whether they are really called to a life of ministry, warning that if one can avoid preaching, he must!
LaHaye's classic book The Spirit-Controlled Woman sold more than 810,000 copies! Updated and expanded, The New Spirit-Controlled Woman is sure to reach a new generation of readers with its timeless message of personal growth. Exploring the basic temperaments (melancholy, sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic), Beverly helps women discover their strengths and weaknesses and reveals how the Holy Spirit maximizes and minimizes these to fulfill God's purpose. Readers will discover how temperaments impact... being single being married love life communication ministry The New Spirit-Controlled Woman shows readers that God loves them, that He has wonderful plans for them, and that He provides the power and drive needed to fulfill His will.
Her work is one important work in the ministry of her husband who God called out from the called out ones. Her contributions to her husband’s effectiveness cannot be overestimated. Many times congregations expect a minister to produce effectively in a spiritual manner but overlook the efforts of his wife who is supportive of the work of their pastors or ministers. It would do us well to recognize the first lady, or the minister’s or pastor’s wife, as an effective tool God has placed in the presence of the people her husband pastors or ministers. I ask myself, Who can find a virtuous woman? Look at the minister’s, preacher’s, or pastor’s wife who so diligently works alongside her husband as God intends and in her own spiritual authentic character. A minister’s wife? Yes, indeed! One of the highest privileges and rarest opportunities ever afforded God any women. No investigation of shepherd would be finished without a part on the shepherdess. The significance of her commitment to her better half's adequacy can't be overestimated. It is my expectation that each minister, pastor, or forthcoming minister will make this material required perusing for his helpmate. For exceptionally clear reasons, I am putting the pen into the hand of my significant other. Those women who are spouses of pastors and ministers ought to likewise benefit profoundly from this reading. My significant other is the queen of our parsonage and is dealt with all things considered with all due respect that she is. Again, she knows the charm and beauty of love, sincerity, goodness, and purity. She realizes the true meaning of loveliness as the reflection, as her life of holy living gives new meaning, hope, and purpose to that of her husband and her children. Others may say, “Behold the handmaiden of the Lord.”