Two Challenges for Pastors

By my friend Allan Bevere When I was in seminary, I remember my teacher Stanley Hauerwas saying that the two most important challenges pastors face are loneliness and self-hate– loneliness because pastors and their families do not feel comfortable, nor do they find themselves able, at times, to develop the kinds of friendships with others [Read More...]

A Pastor’s Husband regarding His Pastor

By Jeff Leach, whose wife (Tara Beth) is a Nazarene pastor and a student at Northern Seminary. When I was a student at a Small Christian college in the Midwest, I encountered young women who would express a desire to be a Pastor’s wife.  I don’t think I ever encountered a single guy that said [Read More...]

Thoughts from a Pastor’s Husband

This week our From the Shepherd’s Nook post is by Chuck Shirey, husband of pastor-teacher Alice Shirey (about whom I say a few things in my Junia Is Not Alone). Thoughts from a pastor’s husband… Most would not consider ours to be a typical pastor’s family. My wife is not a typical pastor, and I don’t [Read More...]

A Pastor’s Wife on the Pastor’s Life

By John and Julie Frye On August 23 this year Julie and I will have been married 44 years. Thirty-eight of those years I have been in pastoral ministry except for two years of teaching at Moody Bible Institute. The first six years of our marriage Julie worked as I completed my seminary education. Reflecting [Read More...]

What does your spouse do? (by PW)

It’s been awhile since our friend “PW” sent us a post. She is a pastor’s wife (PW) and often speaks about what it’s like to be the spouse of a pastor. Some today would like to think this is not an issue; but it still is. So, this post today might bring things into perspective: [Read More...]

PW responds to RJS: Are Women (who listen to sermons) human?

This is getting fun: RJS posts about Dorothy Sayers book and PW, another regular writer here at Jesus Creed, responds … or I should say that RJS’s post generated a reflection by PW. As the spouse of a pastor, I have often been in discussion with my pastor/husband about this very subject. And, we have [Read More...]

Occupations: by PW

While PW, our guest blogger who is a “pastor’s wife,” alludes to the reality that some in the younger generation don’t have a problem here, the reality in the wider church is much different. She talks here about the pastor’s spouse’s occupation, and this one mostly concerns a spouse who is a wife. (Right?) Here’s [Read More...]

The New Pastor’s Schedule: by PW

I was talking to another staff member’s wife and they had only been in ministry a few months. They were exhausted. Spent. She said to me: I remember your husband saying something to mine about how we need to whittle down what he is to accomplish in the first few months and not try to [Read More...]

Churches and Politics (by PW)

I’ve seen a phenomenon in the church. I think it happens often enough to just about anyone in the church, not just pastor’s spouses. What happens to our unity in Christ when politics are inserted into the relationship? Scenario 1: Two people who know each other in church are quite good friends in their “church [Read More...]

Pastors and Weddings: by PW

Our friend, PW, writes posts for the Jesus Creed blog on what it is like to be a pastor’s spouse (in her case a “wife” — hence, PW). This one is about weddings, and I’d love to hear some pastor stories about weddings. This recent YouTube video popularity sparked me to remember all the weddings [Read More...]


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