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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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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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Women’s Issues
When the Pastor Is Your Husband PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beacon Hill Press   

     Donna Bordelon Alder’s review of relevant literature has distilled the responses of ministry wives in 7 surveys to reflect the opinions of over 7,000 women from many denominations, and ages. Alder delivers a well-researched, well-illustrated book on the joys, the challenges, the success strategies of pastor’s wives. 
      She combines relevant background information and advice mined from the experiences of thousands to illustrate life stories and to empathize with those considering, those anticipating, and those engaged in life as ministry wives.  They no longer need to feel alone in their experiences.
      The strengths of this book lie in its ability to successfully capture the actual experiences and advice of these thousands of women, in its relevant life stories, its down-to-earth readable nature, and its tender encouragement sprinkled along the path enlightened by each chapter.

About Author:

 Donna bordelon alder has served as associate professor of biology at Roberts Wesleyan College for 28 years.  She has biology degrees from Southern Nazarene University and the University of Rochester (MS) where she has completed work towards her PhD.  She has written articles for Journal of Cell Biology, Preachers’ Magazine and Focus on the Family.  She and her husband live in Rochester, NY.




Pastors’ wives may be one of the most under-studied and over-stressed group of people. Donna shares her story and journey as a pastor’s wife to encourage and support other wives.”

--Dr. Linda Hardin, D. Min.

General Coordinator

Single Women’s and Young Adult Ministries

Church of the Nazarene


“Personally, having been married to a pastor's wife for 50 years, I do not believe those who hold the position of clergy wife can ever receive too much encouragement or enlightenment. Donna Alder has a book full of just that -- affirmation and guidance for those who are called a pastor's wife.”

--H.B. London, Jr.

Vice President, Church & Clergy

Focus on the Family


“This is . . . a significant, in depth work . . . an extremely well written labor of love which I feel will be of great value to ministry wives around the world.”

--Joyce Williams

Co-Founder of Shepherds’ Fold Ministries

Author of She Can’t Even Play the Piano!, Unshakable Faith for Shaky Times


“As a scientist and educator, Donna Alder reveals scientific information and professional insight on the causes and results of depression in Ministry wives.  Yet, from both personal experience and detailed research, she presents powerful and practical helps for overcoming.”

--Patsy Lewis

Director of Lydia Prayer Groups

Author of Simply Praying and Simply Listening


Loving Your Body PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Deborah Newman
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2002
ISN 1-58997-005-5

Due to the deception of the media, many women have a poor body image. This book discusses many of the myths and misrepresentations to assist readers in understanding that God accepts us and wants us to see ourselves as He does.

Unveiling Depression in Women PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Archibald Hart and Catherine Hart Weber
Revell, 2002
ISBN 0-8007-5749-1

This book offers information and help to understand what is happening, the causes, and coping skills needed to face depression. The Hart father/daughter team provides a resource that draws from the father’s education and professional experience with the daughter’s insights. They encourage a holistic approach to counseling, health care, faith, and medication.


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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