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  • Equipping pastors’ spouses for their role in ministry

    Aug 10, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Recently, I came across a book entitled The Identification of Essential Components for Equipping Pastors’ Wives for Ministry by Tara Rawls-Jenkins, a pastor’s wife. In her book, she suggests that the role of being a clergy wife is more successful when training is available.

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  • A review of Always together always alone: The truth about being a minister’s wife

    Aug 10, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my review of the literature on pastor’s spouses, I recently read Always Together Always Alone: The Truth about Being a Minister’s Wife, by Anne Brackin. Brackin is a former pastors’ wife who documented in her doctoral studies the loneliness and other feelings that many pastors’ wives experience.

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  • Delegate more as a pastor’s spouse

    Aug 09, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Many clergy spouses assume leadership over ministries, church projects, and their own homes all at the same time. They often do so without asking for help, leaving themselves overworked. However, a team of people working together can be much more effective at completing projects in a timely matter and with less stress.

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  • Become a healthier you

    Jun 05, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Now that spring has faded and summer is here, the weather is starting to be more pleasurable for working out, especially since more outdoor activities can be included. This time of year provides a great opportunity to begin developing plans or setting goals for revitalizing your health.

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  • The totality of self-care

    Apr 07, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I want to talk about how in-depth self-care can and should be for the maximum health and balance for spouses of pastors who spend less time on themselves due to being over committed to others. I believe that if pastor spouses paid more attention to what makes them feel happy and balanced, they would more likely be content with themselves and their outlook on ministry.

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