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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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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

Come To Me And I Will Give You Rest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deanne   
Rousing me from my sleep, I heard our daughter, Destiny, crying.  Finally realizing she wasn’t going to stop crying, I went to check on her.  She came into my arms with those little hiccup sobs laying her head on my shoulder, and I knew she wasn’t going to go back to sleep if I laid her right back down in her bed.  It was still dark out and not yet time to get up, so I carried her back to our room and carefully climbed into bed situating the blankets to cover both of us with Destiny lying on my chest.  Before snuggling down to sleep, she raised her head, looked over toward my husband, and laid her hand on his chest, which he promptly covered with his hand.  She laid her head back down on my chest and comforted by Mommy and Daddy fell back to sleep.  As I lay there wondering what could have caused her need to be comforted, I realized that my daughter and I were not much different.  For more often than not, I have that same need to be comforted and sometimes only the comfort from my Heavenly Father will do.
Called by Marriage? Called by God? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Patty Hambrick   

John 14:27, TLB. "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."

In the last three weeks, sometimes with my husband, Ted, sometimes without, I have counseled a couple in a broken marriage, encouraged a student not to drop out of school, attended numerous committee meetings, taught Sunday school, worked in the nursery, supervised and organized “Children’s Day”, took my turn cleaning the church, visited the sick, counseled a pregnant young woman considering an abortion, comforted two mothers who lost custody of their children, sang in the choir, worship team and helped with children’s music, confronted a drug-using mother, counseled two families with children in jail, talked to my family about my father’s failing health, worked my full-time job, etc.  This is life as a ministry wife.

Trust the Pilot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

I don’t enjoy flying in small airplanes. In fact, I don’t enjoy flying in commercial jetliners either. To be totally frank, I don’t enjoy flying…period! Many years ago, when I was in the U.S. Air Force, my commanding officer needed to get in some flying time and asked me if I would like to go up with him “for a spin” in a T-28 two-seater. I said, “Sure.” Bad decision on my part. The pilot had a great sense of humor, and he decided to demonstrate it for me at 3,000 feet above the ground near Laredo, Texas. Eventually, we landed safely, but I vowed never to do that again.

Dan West tells the story about a man who had a frightening experience on board a jetliner at 32,000 feet. The pilot announced turbulent weather ahead and directed everyone to buckle their seat belts. The passenger became quite distressed by the subsequent bumping around until he noticed a young boy seated next to him who was not even slightly fazed by the sudden, violent movements of the plane. Upon landing, the passenger asked his young companion, “I noticed you were not frightened up there. Why was that?” The boy replied, “Sir, I know the pilot. He’s my dad. I knew that as long as he was in charge of things, I would be safe.”

What a great affirmation for the Christian life.


Curled Up with Jesus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Meador Wilson   

I spent the day curled up in the lap of Jesus.  As I listened to the steady cadence of his heartbeat, and the soothing rhythm of his chest rising and falling with each breath he took- I found the comfort I was desperate for. I’ve never been so close to him before and for that I am very ashamed.  Of course, the reason that led me to the lap of Jesus leaves me ashamed as well.  I ran there.  I ran away from a problem that was so huge, there was nowhere else to go. I found myself wishing that I’d run there every day in either my happiness or my sadness.

I’m sitting at the feet of Jesus now.  I’m listening to him speak—I seem so small here, yet significant.  His left hand rests lightly on my head and I can feel his electricity full of love and compassion.  He’s smiling at me, tears in his eyes.  I am mesmerized by his face.  The sound of his voice is as calming as the aroma cookies baking in the oven.  The sound of his voice drifts in and out of my head, steadying my heart.   His tears sparkle in the corner of his eyes and occasionally one runs down his cheek.  He is happy that I’m here. He’s been waiting a long time for me.

The Right Gear Makes all the Difference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Barber   

Two people on MotorcycleWhile I sit on the back of our motorcycle and my husband takes us home from General Assembly in Orlando, Florida, it hits me that our life in ministry is much like riding this bike.  Ministry in itself is an unconventional way of living. Not that it isn’t rewarding and full of blessings, but it is a little different than most other professions.  In a similar way, motorcycling, even as a passenger, is definitely an unconventional way of traveling.  It takes more effort, more gear, driving more defensively, and you feel every kind of weather element there is.  Now, with almost 20 years of ministry and marriage under our belts, my husband and I have realized that with the right “gear” and some extra effort in learning the curves of the “road” and enduring the ever-changing “weather” in ministry, we can live a life of freedom from the pressures and assumptions that ministry often brings.  With this eye-opening way of life, the last ten years have been an unforgettable adventure in serving the Lord.

Living in The Open PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Whitehead-Hampton   


My husband and I began working toward our vision of starting a church in early 2008.  This was a 10 year plan in the making.  On April 9, 2008, I received a call from my husband saying, “Just come home.”  The panic in his voice was profound; it was nothing like I had heard before.  The life shattering news was that my two sons, who at the time were 5 and 7 years old, had been struck by a school bus.  It’s been over a year since that tragic day and now we are raising two special needs children.  The youngest has brain injury and the older one has significant emotional scars.  I didn't want people to see us, I didn't want to be exposed while we adjusted and healed but God's plan has been for us to “live in the open.”  Our testimony continues to be filled with faith and miracles.  We can't make it look easy; we take care of the family and special needs children, keep a marriage working, juggle new financial demands, and build a ministry.  “Living in the open” means being honest with God, myself, and with those around me! 


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


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