Spouses

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Our Research

Doing Ministry Together The results of our clergy family research which explores how ministry affects clergy families in Australia.

Clergy Spouse Life

Spouses in Ministry: Their Role Worth a read if you'd like to know more about the roles clergy spouses play in ministry.

The Unique Position Of Clergy Spouses This is an encouraging read for people who want to better understand just how unusual the role of clergy spouse is! Great research is included.

Reflections From Others

A Unique Calling A beautiful article written by a clergy wife who grew up as a PK. An encouraging view of the joys and challenges of being a ministry wife.

The Typical Pastor's Wife is Dead An encouraging read about the difficulties of expectations and the joy of finding your own path as a 'typical' woman, not pastor's wife.

Marriage and Ministry

When Your Wife Resents Your Call
An honest article discussing the impact a ministry calling can have on a marriage if it isn't shared (finishing with some encouraging ideas!)

Women Married to Pastors While each situation is unique, pastor's spouses have a lot in common. This article explores expectations, finances and loneliness.

What Pastor’s Wives Wished Their Husbands and Churches Knew About Them An honest list from pastor's wives around Australia.

Encouragement

10 Thankyou's From A Pastor 
Written by a thankful minister to all the hardworking spouses out there. Encouraging and understanding!

Advice From Seasoned Spouses

7 Things Pastors’ Wives Wish They Had Been Told Before They Became Pastors’ Wives An honest, behind-the-scenes article.

Friendship Advice for Ministry Wives Different friends for different needs and why it be difficult making friends.

Self Care

A Six-Step Strategy on How to Say No...Nicely
A great article for one of the hardest aspects of ministry! While written for those in leadership, it gives you helpful and kind ideas that are easy to implement.

Burned Out Pastor's Wife A compassionate and kind reflection on noticing, preventing and caring for yourself if you experience burnout during ministry.

Books & Resources

Coming Soon
Reflections from Others

What I Learned From Moving (Anonymous, Australia)

Clergy Husbands

A Day In The Life Of A Female Pastor's Husband
A great personal experience and insight into difficulties clergy husband's face with people accepting their wives as clergy.

The Awkward Lives Of Clergy Husbands An honest insight into not quite fitting in the same way as clergy wives.

I'm Ted and I'm Married To Your Minister A refreshing article about how the call of ministry can be unexpected, unpredictable! The writer also includes some great perspectives on sexism that women, and their husbands, can face while in ministry.

What's It Like Being A Pastor's Husband? A great insight into navigating the role and setting your own guidelines.

Role Of A Pastor's Husband Looking for some ideas for your role as a clergy husband? What do you think of these suggestions?

Challenges

Clergy Wives Suffering Overload Explores Australian clergy wives' experiences of expectations and being overloaded with responsibilities.

12 Reasons Pastor’s Wives are Lonely Helpful read to understand pastor's wives experience of loneliness.

The Problems Facing a Pastor’s Wife Today An excellent article exploring current issues for pastor's wives with helpful biblical references.

20 Things Every Pastor’s Wife Wants You To Know About Her A great list of insights about expectations and dealing with the difficulties of ministry life.

A Pastor’s Wives’ Skit! A fun play on gap filling and job roles of a pastor's wife! Great to read to know you're not alone.