When it comes to the health and wholeness of a church body, I rarely hear much addressed when it comes to the wives of male leaders in the church. It often gets subtly pushed into the background. Most church culture assumes the leaders in a church will just figure out how to remain healthy as a family.
Sadly, for decades, many pastors, evangelists, teachers and ministry leaders have plowed the ministry territory while leaving their families in the dust. Some said, “God, I am doing your work, so you take care of my family” or everyone in the home is subconsciously told they need to just “suck it up” because Dad is doing God’s work. Yet this creates a lot of confusion in the home, because the marriage and children IS the first work of ministry. Yet this has been missed for a long time.
Is the Emotional Health of a Pastor’s Wife Being Ignored?
I’ve sat in many meetings where a particular leader has burned out or had some kind of sin issue that needed to be addressed. When discussing the path for healing, very rarely is the pastor’s spouse and children considered in the healing process. They are often neglected–left to figure it out for themselves, which rarely goes in a fruitful direction.
Has the church lost its heart for health in our marriages and families? Or was it not a priority to begin with? We want to focus today on the life of a pastor’s wife–what hinders her from living healthy and what can be done, so that she doesn’t numb her heart out and lose her mind.
In this episode, we talk about the following:
- What our experience has been and what Melissa’s introduction to being a pastor’s wife was like.
- What are some of the hinderances and unhealthy expectations that come to many pastor’s wives?
- What are some steps to move in a healthier direction?
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