What qualities in a person help you to be open when you need someone to listen to you?

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September 2018 Dear Sisters, As wives of pastors we do a lot of listening. We listen to our husbands, our children, and to people in the church where we are serving. But who listens to us when we have needs? What kind of person do we call upon when we need someone to talk...

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Next month, school begins. Whether home school, Christian school or public school—what has helped you prepare your children for the school year?

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July 2018 Dear Sisters, As a movement of churches we believe in "parent-led" education. Whether a child is educated at home, in a private school or in a public school, we as parents take the lead in training our children for Christ. Because our 8 children each had different needs, we used all...

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Whether you have been a pastor’s wife for one year or 30 years, what would you go back and tell yourself if you were just starting out in this role?

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May 2018 Dear Sisters, Have you ever wished to go into a time machine to the future, and then adjust your choices and decisions now in light of what you saw? Well, we can't do that, but perhaps the next best thing is hearing from someone who has already "been there, done that!" I think you...

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If there is a generational difference between you and another pastor's wife at your church, what insights have you gained as you learned to work with someone who is older/younger than you?

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April 2018 Dear Sisters, What a pleasure it has been to be part of a wide family of beautiful women, sisters in the Lord! My own experience as a pastor’s wife began quite early in our marriage. The majority of our fellow pastors were also young newlyweds. So anyone even four or five...

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What encouragement do you have for the wife of a bi-vocational pastor whose husband works a full-time job in addition to pastoring?

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March 2018 Dear Sisters, The majority of pastors in our association are either bi-vocational, or partly bi-vocational. They do work in the church and work in the marketplace. John tells me this is a trend not only in our association but nationally. So this month's question is certainly...

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February 14 is Valentine's Day. What special steps have you taken on Valentine's Day to celebrate your husband and your marriage?

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January 2018 Dear Sisters,   I was intrigued by how the question was worded this month. It asked me, as a wife, how I celebrate my husband and marriage on Valentine's Day. It was easy in our early years to accept the "shoulds" about marriage, communicated by culture, media, and even other...

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