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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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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged .... for there is a greater power with us ... 2 Chronicles 32:7

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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

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Written by Dr. Patty Hambrick   

Psalm 77:14
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.

In addition to my position at Charleston Southern University, I am a pastor’s wife.  Around Christmas and several weeks before, we begin to practice for adult and children’s programs.  We have quite a diverse congregation and we have children who come from unique circumstances and some from very difficult life situations.

Psalm 71:17 says, “O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.”  One of the wonderful things that God does in the world is to give us children to watch and care for.  While we have many, many children in our church family, God has given me a special, wonderful child to “watch” this Christmas.

Antuannearah is three and full of spirit.  She is beautiful, gives the best hugs; has big, precious smiles; and uses quite the vocabulary.  She is wonderful.  She has blessed her Sunday School teacher with the “f” word; she has shared the “one-way” sign; she has punched my pastor husband; and has told people she would kick them in various places.  

On the day she shared her most special vocabulary, she was upstairs in my music class singing all by herself, “Jesus loves me, this I know.”  She also sang, “for the Bible tells me so,” but she doesn’t read.  She knows “Jesus loves “Antuannearah” because everyone loves her so very much! It would be very easy for some to not think kindly about “Antuannearah” because of some of her actions.  Though all this, however, she is the favorite.  You would think she is “Mary,” chosen of God, because in our world, she is! 

When we see her wonderful, teachable spirit, we know that she is a wonderful gift from God. She reminds us that Jesus came for one such as this, that she should have a church family who will teach her to love Jesus because she receives love from them.

When I look at my Charleston Southern family, I think, “Wonderful.”  When I look at my church family, especially, Antuannearah, I think, “Wonderful.”  When I think of God who performs miracles and displays his power in the world, “I think, “Wonderful!”  “Wonderful” because He sent His son to die for me!  And you!  Oh, how “Wonderful!”

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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