Psalm One Ministries
Thoughts for Ministry Families
You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. (Psalm 16:11)
Thoughts for Ministry Families
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 one hour 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 (www.caregiversforum.org), we link arms with ministries around the world to provide encouragement, training and resources to strengthen those on the front lines.
I need your help! Where can you uphold the Body of Christ? No matter who you are, will you come alongside those in ministry? Contact me if you are in ministry and/or have a heart for those in ministry...
This is not a women’s issue. This is not about pastors’ wives. This is not just for pastors and missionaries. This is about building up the entire Body of Christ…
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Speaking of resources for Pastors’ wives: Our next Ministry Wives Retreats are February 27-March 1 in Green Lake, Wisconsin and February 21-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our theme is “Joy in the Journey”—Keeping Your Heart Alive Toward God along the Way.
This is a small, soul care retreat where we gather around the fire with others who understand life in the ministry. We learn tools to help us keep our heart alive toward God. We share ideas and experiences. We develop and maintain life-giving friendships. We laugh a lot.
This is not a conference on “How to be a Good Pastor’s Wife”. This is not “fluff and pampering” or flower arranging. This is not a denominational event where I may be hesitant to share anything of a personal nature for fear of it being discussed by the entire region. This is not a “Stepford Wife” gathering where I am intimidated by perfect women who are all prettier, thinner, smarter, better dressed, and more and talented and knowledgeable than me. This is the kind of “Girls’ Weekend Out” we may think we can’t afford to take—but in reality, we can’t afford not to!
When was the last time you truly enjoyed time with the Lord? When was the last time you laughed until your face hurt? When was the last time you were refilled and reenergized and eager to juggle your many hats? When was the last time you had a chance to just rest… and breathe… and be…
Call Linda Kline at 513-226-0025 if you would like to get away with some really fun woman to strengthen your soul, to renew your passion, or enjoy the Lord in a fresh way. You don’t have to be from Wisconsin or Ohio to attend. People come from a long ways away. Sometimes half the refreshment is just getting out of town and away from it all with good people in a safe setting! Come away with Jesus to rest, laugh, learn, and be loved.
Are you a ministry wife who would enjoy some renewal on the run? Do you want to encourage and strengthen those in ministry? No matter who you are, no matter where you are in the world, we need each other. Let me know if you want to link arms…