Today I’m hanging out with my Baptist friends over at the BGCT ministers’ wives blog. I’m talking about some valuable lessons I’ve learned about conflict in the ministry:
Before my husband was a pastor, I had my ideas about pastors’ wives. I figured they were more spiritual than the average person. That they were better at dealing with conflict. That they had some sort of secret, Holy Spirit infused wisdom that gave them the ability to know what to say, and when and how to say it.
Then my husband stepped foot in the pulpit on his very first Sunday.
I sat there in my designated spot on the front row, knowing without a doubt that I was no more wise or spiritual or in tune with God’s people than I had been the week before. Yet, there I sat, “The Pastor’s Wife,” and I knew there was a room full of people sitting right behind me who had their own sets of expectations and hopes and plans for me. It was terrifying. I almost felt like someone should revoke my pastor’s wife card. I wanted to tell someone, You don’t understand. I can’t cook. I’m always late. Chances are my kids are wearing mismatched socks….Click here to keep reading.
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