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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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Provision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Louann Davis   

I was raised with tithing as a part of my life.  When my dad would give us our $1 allowance for the week, it was given to us in ten dimes, with a tithing envelope—and a piggy bank provided too.  We were to give 10 % to the Lord and 10% to the bank, both practices taught to us to secure our future, fiscally and spiritually.

Actually, it was a great lesson.  Giving the dime was no big deal.  As I grew older I was giving the $1 out of $10 and the $10 out of $100.  It was a natural progression that I thought nothing about.  I think back over my life and the Lord has always, always provided for me and my family, many times miraculously and I know it was because I have given what He asked of me.  He has provided jobs that always fit our situation, anonymous donations in the mailbox to pay for car bills, money given by a fellow church member to help us get to a funeral. 

Peace on Earth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Peace on earth sounds like an oxymoron as we celebrate Christmas. The United States can hardly be described as peaceful. Other countries resound similar sentiments as they endure political and social battles among themselves. The angels announced “Peace on Earth” and people have been looking for peace ever since. Is it possible to obtain peace in today’s world? Most evening news broadcasts cause us to answer negatively.

Perhaps we need to look at the concept of peace from an internal rather than outward perspective. When the angels announced Jesus’ birth, the Roman Empire was experiencing certain measure of external peace.  However, as one ancient skeptic wrote, the emperor could only offer a temporary peace free of war. He could not offer peace of heart or peace from “passion, grief, and envy.”

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.

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.


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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