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Pastors' Wives Retreat

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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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses ... Act 1:8

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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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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

Pastors' Wives Resources
Grateful for the Website PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anele   

Greetings from the far side of the world. I am a 24 year old  pastor and a pastor's wife. I got married last year.  We are pastoring a church at Tikhuba Church of the Nazarene in Swaziland. I have passion for serving the Lord. I am grateful for this website where we will bring our requests, our problems and also share our experiences with each other. I am hoping that those who have much experince will help us to reach where they are now.


looking forward to more of your encouragement and prayers


Suggestions for Ministers and Their Families PDF Print E-mail
Written by Derl Keefer   

According to Dr. Don Lichi, research suggests growing up in a minister’s home has both risks and rewards. His list of rewards includes well-developed social skills, opportunities for interaction with spiritual leaders, and resiliency. On the flip side, the negatives include children overly scrutinized and often held to higher standards than other children. This often leads to undue stress, rebellion, and rejection of the church, religion, and parents.

My Journey to Fulfillment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joyce Dement   

I grew up in the northeastern part of the United States; my husband grew up in the mid-south. We met at the University of Missouri where I was working as an R.N. and my husband to be was in medical school. Over lunch one day, we shared our Christian faith and our individual involvement in the Christian Medical Society. Within a year, we were married and I was living 1200 miles from my home. At first, that was not a big deal. I had married a wonderfully charismatic, fun-loving, entertaining guy. He made up songs to sing to me. He met me for 2:00 a.m. breaks when I worked night shifts. He cleaned ice from my car windshield in the winter and left romantic notes. I was happy with the love of my life and fulfilled with my own career.

National Association of Evangelicals Task Force on the Family PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kenneth E. Crow   

Survey of Ministers’ Wives: Executive Summary

The spouse of a pastor strongly influences, and is strongly influenced by, their mate’s ministry. The role that goes with this relationship seems more demanding and more important than the spouse’s role in most other professions. Yet formal training and special resources are relatively rare. Also relatively rare are studies which examine the needs of pastors’ wives.

Menopause and the Ministry PDF Print E-mail
Written by O.E. Dement, MD.   

When life is in balance and you feel great, things around you usually appear rosy and straight forward. If, however, you have lost your energy, you are stressed to the max, your life is pulled in multiple directions, your sex life is non existent, your sleep is restless and tormented with hot flashes, and you have difficulty making even simple decisions that previously came easily, you might be experiencing perimenopause or even true menopause. Some or most of these symptoms are experienced by the majority of women between 45 and 55 years of age. Approximately 50 per cent of women go through these phases of life with mild to moderate effect on their daily life. Another 25 per cent will have only minor symptoms and about 25 per cent will have symptoms that greatly interrupt their life and sometimes the life of those around them.

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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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