Psalm One Ministries
But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)
Ministry is the most exciting, frustrating, exhausting, rewarding, encouraging, enjoyable, maddening job in the world. Our ministry should be the natural overflow of a soul grounded in the living presence of Jesus. Too often, those of us in ministry run on fumes or our own limited resources. And far too often, we find ourselves running on empty.
Those in ministry must balance competing priorities of marriage, church, job, family, home, community, as well as their own walk with Christ. Everyone has their own opinion on what is truly urgent, and many people think we only work a few hours a week. (!) Tending to one’s soul often gets pushed to last position—if it makes the list at all. When professional ministry actually erodes a vibrant connection with God, when church and God are seen as one and the same, the soul withers through battle scars, isolation, loneliness, or simply benign neglect. It’s easy to lose our joy and our vision of God. Connections, laughter and fun can be replaced by apathy, frustration and weariness.
“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” (Hebrews 6:10)
Part of my work with Psalm One involves ministering to ministry families. I have had a heart for pastors’ wives since I was a tiny child. I’ve watched people ignore the pastor’s wife, shove her out of the way to speak with her husband, demand unattainable perfection from her children, her home, her wardrobe, her knowledge of Scripture, even her baking skills. It’s been said that the pastor’s wife is the only person in the church without a pastor. Through years of ministry, I have watched so many amazing women juggle church, home, children, family, finances…as well as marriage to a husband whom others think is either a saint or a monster. And as a little kid, I wondered, “why won’t anyone be her friend?”
I also minister to the entire ministry family, because there are a lot of “pastors’ wives’ husbands” who also want soul care and spiritual depth—really great men who are more concerned about genuinely walking intimately with God and serving Him in integrity, rather than building up their own kingdom. They are more interested in substance than image. And I hear from a lot of pastors’ kids who grew up in the fishbowl under a lot of pressure to perform, who witnessed a lot of very ugly church battles, who desperately want to walk with God and love the church. I reach out to husbands of women in ministry, who are cheering on their wives to their talents and their calling for Christ. Through the Caregivers Forum , we link arms with ministries around the world to provide encouragement, training and resources to strengthen those on the front lines.
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