Mrs in Ministry Session Two

hannahLast night we enjoyed our second Mrs. in Ministry session on “The Pastor’s Wife and her Role with the Church.” An outline of our evening is given below.

After beginning with the song, Follow Your Call, and calling us to our gathering with 1 Corinthians 9.16 and Paul’s “burden” to preach, we prayed and launched into Biblical truths from the Song of Hannah for the pastor’s wife.

The Pastor’s Wife and her Role Relationship with the Local Church

Session Two at the Milton’s

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I.  Hannah’s Song for the Pastor’s Wife and the Local Church

“Though she would become the ‘pastor’s mother’ she never the less demonstrated how trusting in God’s power, the Gospel, to establish His will, while she languished in seeming weakness, was a pattern of godliness for the pastor’s wife.”

Concerning a pastor’s wife and her relationship to the Church, we can look at Hannah’s song and discover God’s will:

1. Your relationship to the church is first and always a ministry of prayer. (2.1-10)

2. Your relationship to the church will always be to lean hard on God’s strength to accomplish what you cannot. (2.1,2)

3. Your relationship to the church will sometimes require you to bring your frustration to the Lord for His disposal. (2.3-8)

4. Your relationship to the church is grounded in the firm confidence that God will take care of His own (the pastoral family) (9)

5. Your relationship to the church is grounded in the vision of the Father to glorify His Son, whose ministry is at work in your family. (v. 10)

II. Some Practical Thoughts on the Pastor’s Wife and the Local Church

            •            Her role in the call (encouraging his best for God’s glory and the Church’s good and your family’s good)

            •            Her role in establishing relationships in the church (how to land safely on the runway of a new church or ministry)

            •            Her role with the elders or other lay leadership in the church (when to pray, and when to…pray)

            •            Her role as a gifted member of the Body of Christ (leading from the Manse not from the committees; and enjoying the community while not directing it)

            •            Her role as counselor to the Pastor of the church (when to nudge and when to let it go)

III. Q & A and Reflections

IV. Prayer and Close

About Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.

Michael A. Milton, Ph.D., MPA (University of Wales; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), is an American Presbyterian pastor, theologian, and author.
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