Research Reveals Realities of Being a Pastor’s Spouse

ChurchLeaders | 10/29/2018 | Staff
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October 8th is National Clergy Appreciation Day.

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To some people, clergy appreciation day sounds like it is correctly placed on a long list of special days. A shrug it off, no big deal type of day. However, Christians should have a different view. Christians in a local church should care that their pastor is appreciated, loved, and honored. It is biblical to do so:

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Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you, and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)

The elders who are good leaders are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. (1 Timothy 5:17)

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Honoring your pastors surely includes honoring their spouses. LifeWay Research recently completed and published a research project sponsored by the North American Mission Board on spouses of pastors. More than 700 pastors’ spouses were interviewed and the results reveal both the blessings and burdens of their lives. The research is published here, and below are five of my observations:

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1. Your pastor’s spouse is likely fulfilled and happy.

The vast majority of pastors’ spouses (88%) feel their work is valuable and worthwhile and are satisfied with their lives (84%). The most encouraging stat to me is that 90% of pastors’ spouses feel ministry has positively impacted their families. As the writer of Hebrews clearly articulated, it is not profitable to the people in a congregation if the pastor serves without joy, so it is great gain for the church and the pastor when ministry positively impacts...
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