May 5, 2016

Answers for Your Questions: Church Planting & Ministry Wives Edition

I ran into a fellow pastor's wife in town today. We both had a few moments before we had to get our kids from school, so we stopped to chat about our husbands, our kids, our churches, and, finally, how we are doing personally. In those 15 short minutes, I was helped and encouraged. God used her to speak words I needed to hear, some I needed to be reminded of, and some I didn't know I needed but plan to chew on for a bit. Isn't it so beneficial to get another person's perspective, especially someone's perspective who walks in similar shoes as you? 

This blog and my writing in general are certainly not just for pastor's wives or church planting wives, but as you can probably tell if you've been around long enough, I do have a special place in my heart ministry wives. If you are one yourself, I hope you will be encouraged by the two Facebook Live chats (included below) that I've done recently on all kinds of topics related to ministry and church planting. If you aren't one, you're welcome to watch them to find out more about what your pastor's wife may be facing and how you can help or encourage her. 

I plan to continue these chats for you pastor's wives and church planting wives, so be sure to like my Facebook page or request Live chat notifications if you want to follow along and ask questions. I'm no expert, but I definitely can speak from my own experiences and mistakes.

In fact, I'll be doing my next Live chat this coming Monday, May 9th at 8 pm EST, where I'll be answering questions about women's ministry. To join in, just be on my Facebook page at that time and the video will come up. You can submit questions ahead of time by email or you can simply comment with your question when the video is live. Can't wait to chat with you!

Video #1: Church Planting Questions
Questions asked include:

  • How do you set boundaries between family life and ministry?
  • What advice would you give for those starting in church planting?
  • How do you build relationships with other women?
  • How do you handle people that you've invested in leaving your church?
(And I let slip what my next book is about in this video. Eeek! So excited!)

Video #2: Church Planting and Ministry Questions
Questions asked include:

  • How do you encourage your husband when he's discouraged, especially when you are discouraged too?
  • How do you continue to stay connected to people as your church grows?
  • I feel that I can't share the deepest parts of me with others in our church. Can you speak to this?

Hope these are helpful for you! What do you want to do a Facebook Live chat about next?