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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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Christ said, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor 12:9

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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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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


You Still Here, Lord? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Karon Phillips Goodman
Barbour, 2004
ISBN 1-5931-0127-6

In a conversational and easy-to-read style, the author challenges readers to completely rest in God’s love, learn to trust Him, and invite God into all aspects of life. This is a good read for women wanting to take their relationship with God to a deeper level.

When the Soul Listens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Jan Johnson
NavPress, 1999
ISBN 157-683-1132

The book is not a series of formulas to help you do contemplative prayer, but if the reader is experiencing a spiritual drought, this book can help.

Chosen and Highly Favored PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Diana Swoope
Beacon Hill Press, 2001
ISBN 083-411-884X

Easy-to-read and filled with interesting insights on the role of holiness women in today’s society, this book challenges readers to become the woman God designed them to be.

Cooking with Hot Flashes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Martha Bolton
Bethany House, 2005
ISBN 0-7642-0002-X

In a society that values youth, Martha Bolton provides a comical look at life as the mature women. Bolton reminds the readers there is more than one way to view life—and her suggestion is to laugh and enjoy it.

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