A Book Just for Church Planting Wives


Finally, a book just for church planting wives: The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Heart.


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About the Book
Behind every church planter is a church planting wife, who plays an integral role in the formation of the church, who is often the sole encourager for her husband, and who juggles such an intense ministry while nurturing a family.

Because she is so crucial to the church planter and the church, church planting wives need support, encouragement, and help in their roles. They need an apt word from someone who has been there and applicable biblical wisdom that will sustain them.

Finally, a rich resource is available for the wives of church planters: The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart.
The Church Planting Wife is a practical guide for wives of church planters, who when the faith-filled adventure of church planting turns into fear-filled reality, find themselves asking one question: “What have I gotten myself into?” The book speaks to her greatest internal struggles—sacrifice, uncertainty, loneliness, fear, stress, and discouragement—and offers her guidance, encouragement, and hope.

Each chapter addresses an internal struggle common to church planting wives, offers biblical wisdom and practical strategies for combating those struggles, and shares anecdotes from seasoned church planting wives, including Lauren Chandler, Jennifer Carter, Brandi Wilson, Amanda Jones, Ginger Vassar, Yvette Mason, and more.

Church planting is difficult work, but it is also a positive, rewarding, faith-filled adventure. This resource will aide church planting wives at every twist and turn of the journey.

What People Are Saying

Church planting is not an endeavor pursued in isolation. Husbands cannot succeed in ministry without their wives and vice versa. I am delighted Christine has put together this helpful resource to encourage church planting wives.
--Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research and author of Planting Missional Churches

With all the church planting we see today, we often overlook the calling and the burden that is placed on the woman behind the man. Christine Hoover's vivid story-telling of the struggles and joys of being a church planter's wife is beautifully weaved into God's truth for women who find themselves under the difficult task of ministering to the man who ministers to everyone else.
--Matt Carter, church planter and Pastor of Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church, co-author with Darrin Patrick of For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel

Few things are as challenging and exciting as planting a church.  This book will help you get through the tough times and help you appreciate the blessings in church planting. 
--Lora Batterson, wife of Mark Batterson, who planted and pastors National Community Church in Washington D.C.

Church planter wives, you will feel that Christine Hoover has read your journals.  She is on your journey and is able to verbalize church planting skillfully and with penetrating honesty.  This is a must read book. You have found the mentor you have longed for.
--Kathy Ferguson Litton, National Consultant for Ministry Wives, North American Mission Board

Ministry is both a challenge and a blessing.  The demands of responsibility can eat away the joy of changed lives.  This is especially true in the heart of a church planting wife, but it doesn’t have to be.  We have known Christine long before she had the job description of Church Planting Wife. In the past and present, we have seen her faith shine!  In these pages she will help your faith shine as well.  You are on an exciting journey; let Christine walk with you as you embrace your role as a church planting wife.
--Gregg and Kelly Matte, Pastor and wife of Houston’s First Baptist Church, Founder of Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M, Author of I AM changes who I am.

Too often we, as church planters’ wives, have suffered in silence as we’ve battled criticism, isolation, or discouragement in ministry. Christine not only shares the raw emotions that come with the difficulties of church planting, she gives much needed insight for flourishing in ministry for a lifetime. The Church Planting Wife will not disappoint!
--Tricia Lovejoy, wife of Shawn Lovejoy, who is the founder and pastor of Mountain Lake Church in Atlanta, GA and the founder of Churchplanters.com

Christine's real life approach to ministry makes her contagious. She honestly shares the ups and downs of church planting while offering encouragement that provides hope. The Church Planting Wife is a handbook for ladies who are beginning this journey as well as seasoned church planting wives.
--Brandi Wilson, wife of Pete, who is pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. Brandi is the co-author of Leading and Loving It.

What Readers are Saying
Thank you for writing this book. I mean that sincerely. I haven't been able to read more than a chapter at a time because each one leaves me with things to take before the Lord - sins exposed, hopes expressed, wisdom to let sink into my heart. 
--Kaitlyn, pastor's wife
I truly believe that your transparency is going to help many Pastors wives out there. This is a MUCH needed resource. 
--Nicki, church planting wife
I am not a church planting wife and I have been so ministered to! So convicting, easy-to-read, and challenging to my walk. I think most of what you have to share is applicable to any wife supporting her husband in ministry.
--Adina, ministry wife
I am relieved to have not just read a list of ways I could be performing better, and I am better for this time of heart examination.
--Melanie, mom and wife
There has been no other book that I've been this thankful for, concerning my wife. She has been deeply affected by reading and meditating on [it]...I had no idea when I got this book how much it would impact my marriage in such a short period of time. (full post)
--Steve McCoy at Reformissionary, church replanter
What Dangerous Calling is to pastors, The Church Planting Wife is to every pastor or church planter's wife. (full post)
--Logan, pastor 
Sample the Book

Download the Introduction of The Church Planting Wife

Download Chapter 4 from the book, The Connected Heart: Developing Life-Giving Friendships


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