Serving, Struggling, and Thriving as a Pastor’s Wife

Lindsey Carlson | June 9, 2015

Where can a pastor’s wife take all her cares, burdens, anxieties, and even ministry-related complaints?

If you’re like me, the easiest thing to do is to take them to another pastor’s wife you respect or maybe even to someone outside the church. Now that pastor’s wife and author Gloria Furman has written a new book titled The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love [review], you might be tempted to take all your questions to her. However, Gloria would be the quickest to point us to Jesus for all wisdom, guidance, and grace. Whether you’re enduring late-night counseling sessions or complaints over your husband’s preaching, she assures us Christ stands ready to help.

I corresponded with Gloria and asked her to expand on a few ways we pastors’ wives can lay down our ministry-burdens before the cross. These questions seem to always be at the top of the list for many pastors’ wives. I can assure you that both her short-form answers in this interview and her new book offer good encouragement for pastors’ wives in every season of ministry.

In your new book, The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love [review], you write, “Sometimes we

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