A Pastor's Wife part 2

Friday, March 20, 2009

I came across these video's on Beth Moore's blog site. They are titled "The Life of a Ministers Wife" - part 1 through 3 from Stephen Proctor and it can be found on Vimeo. These are great video's and they give wonderful insight into the life of a pastor's wife. Thanks Stephen - great job!

The Life of a Ministers Wife - part 1 from stephen proctor on Vimeo.

The Life of a Ministers Wife - part 2 from stephen proctor on Vimeo.

The Life of a Ministers Wife - part 3 from stephen proctor on Vimeo.

A Pastor's Wife

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My wife attended a special Beth Moore conference this weekend that was only for those married to church staff. She took our Associate Pastor’s wife, Emily, along with her. I’m really thankful that she had this opportunity and thankful that Beth did this for church staff wives. Being in the ministry is a huge calling not just for the husband but also the wife. It’s a blessing. And…it’s got to be one of the most difficult things to be on the planet!

A pastor’s wife lives in a glass house – a house that must always be spotless just in case someone drops by for a visit. Then, you have the monthly pastor’s reception and the monthly bible study, which also takes place in her home. In many cases she serves not only as the housewife but works another full time job to help with benefits or income that many churches can’t afford today. She can’t go anywhere that her clothes and hair are not judged or examined by the people in the community. And she better make sure the kids are well behaved!

The pastor’s wife is always on call ready for every phone call to the prayer chain. She is expected to lead the women’s auxiliary, the children’s choir, work in the nursery, teach a Sunday school class, sing on the praise team, attend every baby shower while bringing a fabulous gift, bake the best desserts, twitter, blog, create mind blowing websites, be the church secretary, and help her husband write good sermons. You would think every pastor’s wife should have to go through a “How to be Wonder Woman” class in college!

Well, this is one pastor who is so thankful for his “Wonder Woman!”

Here’s a video Julie told me about – they showed this at the conference. Yes, I have to admit that my wife has made it into a few of my sermon illustrations. Those were very tough Sunday afternoons!!! :)

Another Great Video

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I love this video! If you could introduce Jesus - how would it be. The fact is, you and I get to introduce Him every single day to the people in our lives. How are you doing? Today, make the name of Jesus famous!

Going through the motions

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What if? That's a question that literally haunts some people. What if I would have done this? What if I would have made this decision? We shouldn't live in the past - but we sure can learn a lot from our mistakes. History is a good teacher. We must commit to not waste our lives - we must commit to live every day as if it is our last. For the person that is truly following Christ - that means living your life in complete awe of Him. Don't just waste life going through the motions! Love God with everything that is in you and give yourself to Him completely!

Matthew West sums this up well in his song "The Motions." Here are the lyrics;

This might hurt
It’s not safe
But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
I don’t care
If I break
At least I’ll be feeling something
‘Cause just ok
Is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions

No regrets
Not this time
I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love
Make me whole
I think I’m finally feeling something

Take me all the way
Take me all the way
Take me all the way

What are you doing to reach kids?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thanks to twitter - I came across this interesting video. I love the focus on reaching out and reaching out to children. No, we should not ignore adults. And yet, we can't ignore the fact that the majority of people who come to Christ do so before the age of 18. So, with that in mind, what are you doing to reach kids in your community?