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Pastors' Wives Resource site provided by the Sunday School Discipleship Ministries International, a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. We want to hear about your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned and how God’s Word and prayer supported and sustained you in the joys and challenges of parsonage life.

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I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Ps 63:2

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PoWeR— the Pastors' Wives Resources website provides resources for the parsonage family. It is also a place where you will find a common bond with those who constantly face the joy and challenges of parsonage life…read more

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Turning Despair into Delight PDF Print E-mail

Before we begin today’s discussion, turn with me to John’s Gospel, Chapter 5. Read verse 1 through 10a.This is a story about a man that during his entire adult life (and possibly from adolescence onward), was physically challenged. No doubt he felt hopeless. But let’s start at the beginning.

Conflict Resolution PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Conflict—a word that can strike fear into some of us because we remember hearing that Christians don’t experience conflict.  Life, however, has a way of causing us to question that statement. So how do Christians handle conflict?

I remember a student in one of my adult degree completion groups. She seemed to think any work she submitted should be accepted, whether it met established criterion or not. I felt ineffective in communicating with her—and soon either of us could hear what the other was saying.

One evening in the midst of another attempt to explain expectation, a colleague joined us. Before long, Judy was “interpreting” what each of us was communicating. At the end of that conversation, the student and I understood each other—thanks to Judy’s intervention.

Listen Up PDF Print E-mail

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake….”
(Psalm 23:1, 3)

“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
(John 10:14)

“The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman
opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep
by name and leads them out…and his sheep follow him because the sheep
know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger.”
(John 10:2-5)

Charles Stanley tells the story of traveling with a church tour group to the Holy Land, and during one of their stops they observed a very unusual thing happen right before their eyes. Two Bedouin shepherds, along with their flocks, crossed paths on a road. The sheep mingled momentarily with sheep being led by the shepherds. The members of the tour group looked on with awe as the sheep—who looked alike on the road that day—seemed to have no problem mixing with sheep from the other flock. Until it was time for their shepherds to move in separate directions.

Wives of Ministers Bibliography PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

The following books and short summaries are suggested reading. If you have books to recommend, please sent the title, author, publisher, and short summary to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




When Small Is Big PDF Print E-mail

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Remove hence to yonder place;’ and it shall remove;

and nothing will be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20 KJV)

There is a Turkish proverb that reads, “A small key opens big doors.” That’s logical, isn’t it? But human nature tends to argue that “Bigger is better.” Have you ever seen a photograph of a skinny sumo wrestler? They don’t exist. The word “skinny” is never used to describe these huge wrestlers. The average weight of a professional sumo wrestler is around 412 pounds (up from 317 in 1953). Sumo wrestlers are obsessed with size; they all want to get bigger. For them, bigger is always better.

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A note to Pastors' husbands –  

We welcome pastors’ husbands to visit this page and to provide insights into the needs and challenges you face. Let us know how we can minister to you and assist as you fulfill your supportive roles. Send your comments and suggestions to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Until then, we welcome you to join the discussions and provide resources on this site...Read More

Prayer support –

Each weekday, Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) meet for prayer. All requests will be presented to the staff, except those identified as confidential. We’ll pray for you, asking God to work and to extend grace and mercy...Read More

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