October is Pastor Appreciation Month in some circles. I intentionally used the word “encourage” instead of “appreciate” in the title because appreciate has a more fleeting and surface connotation, while encouragement goes deeper and carries intentionality over time. It is important to lift our thinking up and away from a one time, one month burst… Read More 10 Ways To Provide Long Term Encouragement For Your Pastor
We walk everyday in our neighborhood, most times with our two dogs in tow. It’s a great way to meet people- the dogs break the ice- and we enjoy impromptu conversations with fellow dog walkers while our dogs unceremoniously check each other out. A few days ago, we were rounding a corner, and a scream… Read More Dear Pastor’s Wife: The Cry He Doesn’t Forget
Dear Pastor’s Wife, One of my favorite things about life is the fact that God, the Creator, built in so many visuals and object lessons about Himself into everyday life. I am continually asking God to open my eyes to what is beyond what I can see- things I need to learn from what is… Read More Dear Pastor’s Wife: The Side Without Sun
We started deputation (fund raising) for church planting in the fall of 2016, after a much needed sabbatical from our previous pastoral ministry years. As we dipped our toes into the preparation for the next phase of life and ministry, some well meaning voices shared their opinions of what deputation would be like for us,… Read More Deputation: Used Tea Bags or Cup Running Over?
For several months, my husband and I have been working on memorizing the book of Colossians together. We are progressing slowly but surely, more slowly lately due to our recent international move to South Africa. We are still navigating the ups and downs of settling in, and finding our rhythms of life. But for a… Read More Dear Pastor’s Wife: How To Keep A Gospel Perspective In Ministry