Pastors’ wives must maintain certain boundaries and safeguards so that ministry can flourish.

The Pastor’s Wife: Her Balance between Ministry and Health

She is faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. She stands for truth, justice, and the American Way. Do you recognize her?

As Proverbs chapter 31 says, “She speaks up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. She speaks up and judges fairly; she defends the rights of the poor and needy.” She is the life partner of one man … her husband. She is the bedrock of her family and the heart of the church. This gracious and intriguing woman is not Superman. This woman is the pastor’s wife.

The pastor’s wife has many roles and with great skill spins each role like a gyrating plate continuously moving, not missing a beat. Her husband, family, church, job and community depend on her every week to meet needs, comfort broken hearts, heal wounded knees, mentor upcoming leaders and do everything with a smile and a bionic woman’s strength.

Year after year the duties of the pastor become more intricate and challenging. His wife’s involvement in the ministry can also stretch to a point of being out of balance in the other areas of her life.

If the pastor’s wife does not keep the four principle areas of her life in check, she can easily become discouraged, depressed, beaten down and very unhealthy.

Pastors’ wives must maintain certain boundaries and safeguards to ensure a healthy balance in ministry as well as balance in the four areas of her personal life. These four areas are – spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.

The spiritual life of the pastor’s wife can be easily convoluted and the lines blurred in such a way that she begins to think ministry is her first priority. Her relationship with Jesus …

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