5 Misconceptions about the Pastor’s Wife

Lauren Chandler | October 8, 2015

Scripture has no list of qualifications for a pastor’s wife. First Timothy 3 and Titus 1 cover the pastors and the deacons, but the pastor’s wife? She doesn’t show up, at least in terms of suitability for an office. Some churches, however, have their own set of unwritten qualifications for the pastor’s wife, many of which set up unrealistic expectations and abundant misconceptions. This can place undue pressure on a pastor’s wife, but it should not—since Scripture knows no such category.  

Here are five of the most popular misconceptions about the pastor’s wife: 

1. You have it all together.

You have it all together. You’ve worked through all your issues. Sure, you may struggle, but not with anything major (whatever that may be).

Oh, sister, may I encourage you? On this side of heaven, we will always have battle to do with our flesh. Will the Father give relief at times? Yes! But “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). We’re off the hook, not to sin so that grace may abound but to live a life pleasing to God—a life bought by the perfect blood of Christ—not our own blood, sweat, and tears to “get it right.”

Three years…

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