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A Circuit Rider's Wife
by Corra Harris, Grace Toney Edwards

Drawing on the years author Corra Harris accompanied her husband in his work as a Methodist missionary, this novel tells of the challenges, hardships, and--aside from occasional homemade or homegrown donations--mostly intangible rewards of itinerant country preaching. Set in a fictional circuit, this thinly veiled autobiographical account of one woman's austere life in the north Georgia mountains is classic narrative.

A Handbook for Ministers' Wives:
Sharing the Blessing of Your Marriage, Family, and Home

by Dorothy Kelley Patterson ISBN# 0805420630

Prolific author and Christian personality Dorothy Patterson offers A Handbook for Ministers' Wives for women who are in the challenging role of being married to men who serve in ministry positions. This book addresses the personal commitments to Christian character and conduct a minister's wife must make and the commitment to family relationships to her husband, her children, and the extended family as well. It also speaks definitively to the ministry of community a minister's wife herself is called to in the civic and church arenas.

A Handbook for Parents in Ministry:
Training Up a Child While Answering the Call

by Dorothy Kelley and Armour Patterson ISBN# 0805427864

A Handbook for Parents in Ministry is for a ministry parent to read and get a vision of what God intended to be the responsibility of godly parents--how parenting fits into the ministry setting. A Handbook for Parents in Ministry will enrich the parent/child relationship and answer questions and challenges unique to parents who are serving the kingdom vocationally.

A State of Grace (Mystery and the Minister's Wife Series #2)

by Traci DePree ISBN# 0824947460

A State of Grace is the second book in the Guideposts original series, Mystery and the Minister's Wife, which transports you to the charming town of Copper Mill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Copper Mill is a place of tradition and tranquility. But when Kate Hanlon and her husband Paul move in, they discover that small-town life is anything but boring. The mysteries Kate uncovers are puzzling, but she always uses her quick mind and the help of her dear friends to figure out the answer. See how faith can solve life's mysteries in Mystery and the Minister's Wife.

A Token Of Truth (Mystery & The Minister's Wife #12)

by Sunni Jeffers ISBN# 0824948203

A Token of Truth is the twelfth book in the Guidepost's original series, Mystery and the Minister's Wife, which transports you to the charming town of Copper Mill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Copper Mill is a place of tradition and tranquility. But when Kate Hanlon and her husband, Paul move in, they discover that small-town life is anything but boring. The mysteries Kate uncovers are puzzling, but she always uses her quick mind and the help of her dear friends to figure out the answers. See how faith can solve life's mysteries in Mystery and the Minister's Wife.

Being a Minister's Wife...and Being Yourself
by Nancy Pannell ISBN# 0805453598

By sharing humorous anecdotes from her career as a ministry wife, Pannell encourages other women who are married to church staff members to be the person God created them to be. Her chapters on dealing with difficult people and relishing the “fun parts” of ministry life will keep you smiling, and her honesty about the hard parts of staff life will make you realize you are not alone. If you're struggling with your place as a minister's wife, read this book!

When to Say Yes When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
by Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend ISBN# 0310585902

Offers guidelines on how to recognize and establish healthy boundaries, while providing assistance on how to deal with such issues as disappointing others, saying no, and overcoming fear and guilt.

Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Counsel for Pastors' Wives
by Diane Langberg, Ruth Senter

Fourteen specific questions from pastor's wives answered by the author, a licensed psychologist.

Why do women in the church keep their distance from me? Should I share my struggles with others in the church? Where does my loyalty lie? How should I respond to a husband who does not practice what he preaches?

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Devotions for Ministry Wives
Encouragement from Those Who've Been There

by Barbara Hughes ISBN# 0310236320

A book of encouraging devotional meditations by wives of ministry leaders to wives who are married to pastors and other ministry leaders with a personal, honest, intimate tone showing an understanding of the unique pressures and situations faced by ministry wives. Each of 90 entries includes a Scripture text, devotional comments, and a related prayer. From the Back Cover The wife of a minister is made of the same stuff as any other woman, but her circumstances set her apart. If you've married into the ministry, you know the difficulty of balancing the demands of your church and your family, the stresses of clergy marriage, the pressure of unrealistic expectations, and the setbacks of ministry and the joys. Other than Jesus himself, only a ministry wife really understands what it's like to be a ministry wife. This devotional is written for you.

Growth Guide for Ministers' Wives
by Shirley E. Montgomery

Published by Broadman Press, 1984: Nashville, TN.

Heart to Heart With Pastors Wives Heart to Heart With Pastors' Wives
by Lynne Dugan ISBN# 0830716831

Join hands with pastors wives and hear from women who have found their own place supporting their husband's work and reaching out on their own. Discover God calling for you in this inspirational, encouraging book.

Twelve Women Share the Wisdom They've Gained As Partners in Ministry

Join hands with pastors wives and hear from women who have found their own place supporting their husband's work and reaching out on their own. Discover God calling for you in this inspirational, encouraging book.

Help, God! I'm A Pastor's Wife!
by Karyl Gaehring ISBN# 1615796185

As a wife, mother, and woman of God in a variety of ministry leadership positions for over 30 years, Karyl has broken the mold at times and at other times carried the full weight of the ministry load. Transparently telling her story of success and failures, blessings and burdens, and laughter and tears, in a way that relates to the real world of women in ministry; Karyl not only inspires and encourages women in ministry, but addresses many ministry challenges women face. Through her passion, she imparts practical wisdom to help fulfill their great destiny as wives, mothers, and ministers.

Help! I'm a Pastor's Wife
edited by Michele Buckingham

Published by Creation House [c1986]: Altamonte Springs, FL.

High Call High Privilege High Call High Privilege
by Gail MacDonald ISBN# 1565635574

A Pastor's Wife Speaks to Every Woman in a Place of Responsibility. A thought-provoking, encouraging, and convicting book. It will change you in the reading of it.

Buy it, and read it, again and again.

Honoring Your Pastor's Wife
by Pamela J. Downing ISBN# 1607916452

Honoring Your Pastor's Wife will allow you to examine your interaction with your senior pastor spouse. This book reveals gold nuggets for senior pastors, leaders, and lay members. Pamela J. Downing is a native of New Haven, Connecticut. The author resides in Colonial Heights, VA with her husband, Senior Pastor Steven Downing, and their two children, Brittney and Joi.

How To Be A Minister's Wife And Love It
by Alice Taylor

Published by Zondervan Publishing House [1968]: Grand Rapids, MI.

How To Be A Preacher's Wife And Like It
by Lora Lee Parrott

Published by Zondervan [1969]: Grand Rapids, MI.

How to Care for the Whole World
and Still Take Care of Yourself

by Peg Rankin

A Woman's Complete Guide to Setting Priorities. Chapters include discussion about the pressures a Christian woman feels, the fracturing that results, how to restore wholeness, how to extend yourself without getting overextended, and a plan for personal preservation.

How to Thrive as a Pastor's Wife
by Christine Hoover ISBN# 0801094496

More Than the Pastor Wife I'm More Than the Pastor's Wife
by Lorna Dobson ISBN# 0310247284

Supporting Your Husband's Ministry Without Losing Your Identity

Pastors' wives everywhere will be able to relate to the adventures and advice of the committed women who contributed their stories to this examination of life in the ministry. They will be encouraged on their walk down the narrow balance beam of managing their own Christian commitment while looking after their families' needs.

I'm Trying to Sit at His Feet,
but Who's Going to Cook Dinner?

by Cathy Lechner ISBN# 0884194094

Approaching a serious subject in a humorous manner, Cathy Lechner shows women how they can pursue their relationship with God in the middle of the pressures and demands of family life.

Letters to Pastors' Wives
by Meredith R. Sheppard ISBN# 1630503053

This book consists of letters I wish I had received when I was a new pastor’s wife. They are the words, wisdom, short stories, and lessons learned on-the-job and on my knees. Although written expressly for pastors’ wives, these letters also hold great benefit for all women of faith.

Married to a Pastor: How to Stay Happily Married in the Ministry
by H.B., Jr. London and Neil Wiseman ISBN# 0830725059

It's time to celebrate, honor, and express appreciation for the women who make many male pastors great. This book is unique because it was written for pastors and spouses to read together-we hope you will do just that. This book is not about keeping house, church manners, child raising, or keeping a few strange people happy in your church. No—it's about life. ull of encouragement, affirmation and appreciation, this book will play an important part in strengthening and energizing both marriages and ministries.

Minister, Wife and Church
Unlocking the Triangle

by Lyndon E. Whybrew

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Minister's Wife
by Margaret Oliphant

Published by AMS Press [2000].

Ministers' Wives
by William G. T. Douglas

Published by Harper & Row [1965]: New York.

Mrs. Preacher: Succeeding As a Minister's Wife:
for Those in the Parsonage and the Pew

by Karen Norheim

Published by College Press Publishing Company [c1985]: Joplin, MO.

No Auditions for This Role

by Sondra Childers ISBN# 141410801X

With a desire to cheer, encourage, and bless her readers-both ministers' wives and general churchgoers—Childers relates stories from her own life and the lives of other pastors' wives. These include humorous events, embarrassing mistakes, and poignant moments that help lend perspective to the important role of the pastor's wife as unofficial "under-shepherd of the flock."

Oh No! I Married the Pastor!
The DOs and DON'Ts of a Pastor's Wife

by Clara E. Molina ISBN# 1490899901

Pastors Wives Cookbook
by Sybel Dubose, Janine Buford (Editors)

A real cook's assistant for that busy pastor's wife.

Renewal on the Run
by Jill Briscoe

Encouragement for Wives Who Are Partners in Ministry

She Can't Even Play the Piano! Insights for Ministry Wives

by Joyce Williams ISBN# 0834122006

Unfortunately the job of pastor's wife doesn't come with a job description and how-to manual. Ministry wives face many unwritten expectations from the church, their families, and even their husbands. Full of stories from veteran ministry wives who have more than 1,000 years of combined experience ministering alongside their husbands, She Can't Even Play the Piano provides insight and advice for balancing the demands of ministry and family while making time for one's own priorities as a pastor's wife.

So You're the Pastor's Wife
by Ruth Senter

Published by Zondervan Publishing House c1979.: Grand Rapids, MI.

Tales from a Pastor's Wife

by Kimberly Siefert ISBN# 1606043528

In her first book, Tales of a Pastors Wife, Kimberly Siefert paints a truthful picture of what it means to be in the role of pastors wife. Through her joy, laughter, heartache, anger, and amazement, Siefert shares with great depth and openness her own personal journey with God. Drawing the reader in with her colorful descriptions and honest self-assessments of life in the church, Siefert makes this a delightful and eye-opening read. Tales of a Pastors Wife is a must for all church members and opens the door for all readers to see the pastors spouse in a new light.

10 Things Every Ministers Wife Needs To Know

by Jeana Floyd ISBN# 0892216980

Being the wife of a pastor or youth minister can be tremendously rewarding, but it is also a commitment of time, personal investment, and patience. Jeana Floyd provides a clear, concise, and honest view of this life. With interactive testimonies included from various pastors' wives at the end of each chapter, the book shares poignant and powerful insights any woman or wife can appreciate.

The Best is Yet to Be (Mystery & The Minister's Wife #5)

by Eve Fisher ISBN# 0824947681

With Summer just around the bend, Kate is delighted to see how Faith Briar Church's Faith Freezer Program is meeting the needs of the elderly citizens in Copper Mill. But when a series of thefts indicates that one of the volunteers is stealing from the shut-ins, the whole program is cast into doubt. Kate begins to investigate, but ancient secrets, old jealousies and long-lost love complicates the truth. Meanwhile, Paul is harboring a secret of his own: his new bluegrass band, hoping to perform at the upcoming Summer Concert series, is practicing at the notorious roadhouse The Dew Drop Inn. The group's jam sessions end in discord, and their locations lead to suspicions about the pastor's real pastimes. As they struggle to bring harmony back to Copper Mill, Kate and Paul are reminded that they can always have hope for the future, for the best is yet to be.

The Guilt Free Book for Pastors Wives
by Ruth Senter

Understanding and encouragement from a friend who has walked your way.

The Minister's Wife
by Huntly Gordon

The Minister's Wife
Her Role in Nineteenth Century American Evangelicalism

by Leonard Sweet

This is an academic treatment of the role of the Minister's wife back in the day. A necessary purchase for any seminary student and pastor who seriosuly studies church history.

The Minister's Wife:
Person or Position

by Marilyn Brown Oden

Published by Abingdon Press [1966]: Nashville, TN.

The Minister's Wife
by Delia Parr

Delia Parr brings to stunning life the dramatic events
of a small town in Upstate New York as they escalate into
a maelstrom of buried secrets, dangerous lies and forbidden love.

The Minister's Wife as a Counselor
by Wallace Denton

Published by Westminster Press [c1965]: Philadelphia, PA.

The Missing Ingredient (Mystery & The Ministers Wife #10)

by Diane Noble ISBN# 0824948211

The Missing Ingredient is the tenth book in the Guideposts original series, Mystery and the Minister's Wife, which transports you to the charming town of Copper Mill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Copper Mill is a place of tradition and tranquility. But when Kate Hanlon and her husband, Paul move in, they discover that small-town life is anything but boring. The mysteries Kate uncovers are puzzling, but she always uses her quick mind and the help of her dear friends to figure out the answers. See how faith can solve life's mysteries in Mystery and the Minister's Wife.

The Pastor's Wife
by Gloria Furman

Filled with wise advice from someone who's “been there,” this short book encourages pastors wives to look to Christ when facing the challenges of ministry, whether its late-night counseling sessions, unfair complaints, or unrealistic expectations.

Pastors' wives are in a privileged—yet often difficult—position. Various challenges make it is easy for ministry wives to feel discouraged about their relationship with God, lose their wonder at the mystery of the church, and forget the joy of serving alongside their husband. In this encouraging and humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors' wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance—whether it's late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands' preaching.

The Pastor's Wife
by Jennifer AILee

INSPY Award Finalist

Maura Sullivan thought she knew what she was getting into when married soon-to-be pastor Nick Shepherd. But when "the other woman" in her marriage turned out to be her husband's congregation, she ran. Six years later, she's back in the small community of Granger, Ohio, for the reading of a will that names both her and Nick as beneficiaries. Now, Maura must face the husband—and the congregation—she left behind.

The Pastor's Wife
by Elizabeth Von Arnim, Deborah Singmaster (Editor)

Fourteen specific questions from pastor's wives answered by the author, a licensed psychologist.

Why do women in the church keep their distance from me?
Should I share my struggles with others in the church?
Where does my loyalty lie?
How should I respond to a husband who does not practice what he preaches?

The Pastor's Wife
by Sabina Wurmbrand

Her husband had been taken, his fate unknown, and now their young son would be left alone as police arrested her. Sabina Wurmbrand's heart-rending story of her slave-labor imprisonment in Romania and her witness to women prisoners speaks of the faithfulness of Christ in every situation.

The Pastor's Wife And The Church
by Dorothy Harrison Pentecost

Published by Moody Press [1964]: Chicago, IL.

The Pastor's Wife Does Cry
by Bea Morgan

First Ladies, Lady Bea Morgan is risking all that she has acquired to unlock, unfold, and expose the unrighteousness within her church and the abuse in her home. She believes that First Ladies can't speak up or out because of their husband's ministry, reputation, and livelihood. She encourages you to read her memoir to comfort you, increase your prayer lives, and to become stronger in fasting and meditation. You shall not be the same.

The Pastor's Wife Today
by Donna Sinclair

Published by Abingdon Press [1981]: Nashville, TN.

The Power of a Praying Wife
by Stormie and Michael Omartian ISBN# 0736919244

Today's challenges and presssures can make a fulfilling marriage seem like an impossible dream. Stormie Omartian shares how God has strengthened her own marriage since she began to pray for her husband concerning key areas of his life. If you desire a closer relationship with your husband, you will appreciate this refreshing look at the power of prayer in marriage.

The Sweetness of A Bitter Cup: Journey of A Pastor's Wife
by Stephanie Elzy

Stephanie Elzy is a woman passionate about the love of God who seeks to share His love in word and deed. As a clergy wife who narrowly escaped divorce God showed her clearly what is most important in life—an intimate relationship with Him. In "The Sweetness of A Bitter Cup: Journey of a Pastor's Wife," Stephanie shares her experience and the lessons she learned during this devastating time in her life. By reading this book you will discover how to find wholeness and freedom during the worst times of your life. We can find everything our hearts desire in the very things it doesn't want. When life becomes bitter we can find sweetness there by finding Jesus in the midst of it all!

The Unprivate Life of a Pastor's Wife
by Frances Nordland

Published by Moody Press [1972]: Chicago, IL.

There's a Snake in My Garden
by Jill Briscoe

Autobiography of a pastor's wife

“Stodgy, stiff, self-righteous, boring…” These are NOT words that describe Jill Briscoe's autobiography, “There's a Snake In My Garden!” Brilliantly, Briscoe refers to her conversations with “the snake,” representing her own struggles with various temptations.

Using wit and humor, she draws the reader into her world.. not the one you might expect a wife of a successful pastor to reveal, but the one all of us most likely relate to. Briscoe uncovers some weaknesses in herself, displaying the very human part of being a “Christian.” Her story is interesting, challenging, inspiring, and encouraging. And it's sure to make you smile! :)

Through the Fire (Mystery & the Minister's Wife Series #1)

by Diane Noble ISBN# 0824947452

Through the Fire is the first book in the Guidepost's original series, Mystery and the Minister's Wife, which transports you to the charming town of Copper Mill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Copper Mill is a place of tradition and tranquility. But when Kate Hanlon and her husband, Paul move in, they discover that small-town life is anything but boring. The mysteries Kate uncovers are puzzling, but she always uses her quick mind and the help of her dear friends to figure out the answers. See how faith can solve life's mysteries in Mystery and the Minister's Wife.

Time to Reconcile: The Odyssey of a Southern Baptist
by Grace Bryan Holmes

Born in rural Georgia in 1919, Grace Bryan Holmes frequently found solace in the black servants who cared for her family part-time, during her troubled childhood. Shouldering the burden of her growing awareness of racial prejudice so prevalent in her community, through many years of service as the wife of a rising Baptist minister, this southern minister's wife vividly details an honest look at the fabric of southern society in the mid-twentieth century.

What Every Pastor's Wife Should Know
by Ruthie White

When the Pastor Is Your Husband The Joy and Pain of Ministry Wives When the Pastor Is Your Husband: The Joy and Pain of Ministry Wives new
by Donna Alder

Pastor's wives often face unrealistic expecations, challenges, and even discouragement as they serve alongside their husbands in ministry. Through advice and real-life stories, Donna Bordelon Adler provides solutions and encouragement to pastor's wives. A woman can excel when she examines frustrations and puts them into eternal perspective. Like a good friend whose company is cherished when life is filled with challenges, this book reveals down-to-earth, readable encouragements through each chapter.

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The lifelong product of all that I learned in ministry.

Where There's a Will (Mystery & The Minister's Wife #8)

by Beth Pattillo ISBN# 0824947797

When Kate enrolls in an art course at a community college, she discovers that her teacher, Ellen Carruthers, was Paul's college sweetheart. Kate is wary of the woman, but soon Ellen has enlisted Kate's help to solve an old family squabble. Ellen's family owns an abandoned mining town on High Hoot Ridge, but unless she can prove her claim on the land, it will be sold to a paper company, and the region's rich history—along with her family memories—will be lost. A series of old paintings holds clues to Ellen's grandfather's missing will, but can Kate track down the paintings and decipher the clues in time?

Who Is the Minister's Wife? A Search for Personal Fulfillment
by Charlotte Ross

Published by Westminister Press, c1980: Philadelphia, PA.

Who'd Be A Minister's Wife?

by Heather Tinker ISBN# 1857927265

Heather Tinker, a minister's wife for more than 20 years outlines the expectations that people have of the minister and his wife, both realistic and totally over the top. She offers practical advice about how to help people lower their unrealistic expectations and some words of wisdom to minister's wives who feel they have impossible demands placed on their shoulders.

Whole: Hope for the Broken Pastor's Wife

by Jennifer Willcock ISBN# 1486614183

Winning Ways for Ministers' Wives
by Shirley E. Montgomery

Published by Broadman Press, c1987: Nashville, TN. Amazon will attempt to find. Alternately, try requesting this book via Inter-Library Loan through your local library.

With Heart & Hand:
A Manual for Women in God's Service

by Beneth Jones, Bobbie Yearick

A Manual for Women in God's Service

Bob Jones University Press

Women Gifted for Ministry: How to Discover and Practice Your Spiritual Gifts
by Elmer & Ruth Towns ISBN# 0785245995

Do you sit in church every week and wonder how you can minister? Discover your special talents! Each of nine "task gifts" is presented with contemporary examples and inductive Bible study questions in this interactive workbook. Dangers or weaknesses of each gift are also identified. Includes a "Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire." Suitable for individual or group use. 128 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Women of Destiny
by Cindy Jacobs ISBN# 0830718648

Brings clarity and insight to many vital issues surrounding a woman's place in ministry. Her fresh, historical and biblical perceptions of controversial issues is handled delicately, yet boldly to bring a true interpretation of God's Word concerning the issues that women of destiny face today.

You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes

by Lisa McKay ISBN# 1434767264

When most women think of a "pastor's wife," certain images come to mind: either a woman who's so holy she doesn't seem human, or someone sentenced to a life without fun, fashion, or friends. You will feel an instant sisterhood with Lisa, a senior pastor's wife happily serving in the trenches. She understands the challenges of a life lived before a congregation, from finding friends and coping with criticism to saying goodbye and starting all over again.

Conferences and Retreats

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Assemblies of God
Barnabas Factor
Be Still Retreats
BethNuah Ministries
Blue Fire Legacy BethNuah Ministries
Breathe Life Ministries
Broom Tree Ministries
Buffalo Ridge Hospitality & Retreat Center - His Way Ministries
Caregivers' Forum
Canadian Clergy Care Network
Deer Ridge Ministries
Fairhaven Ministries
Leading and Loving It
Lois Evans Pastors' Wives Ministry
Psalm One Ministries
Sandy Cove Ministries
Sarah's Tent
10 | 10 Ministries

Directory of Caregivers
National Pastors & Spouses Events (Focus on the Family)

Discussion Boards

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Bible Studies for Women

A Woman Jesus Can Teach: Lessons from New Testament Women Help You Make Today's Choices (Alice Matthews)
Becoming a woman of.... (various authors)
Discerning the Voice of God - Bible Study Book, Revised Edition (Priscilla Shirer)
Growing in Wisdom & Faith: James, A Woman After God's Own Heart Series (Elizabeth George)
Isaiah Bible Study Book with Video Access: Striving Less and Trusting God More (Melissa Spoelstra)
Jesus and Women-Bible Study Book with Video Access (Lifeway)
Kay Arthur Bible Studies
Leading a Life of Balance Bible Study Series (Women of Faith)
Heaven Rules: Take Courage. Take Comfort. Our God Is in Control (Nancy DeMoss)
Mama Bear Apologetics--Book and Study Guide, 2 Volumes (Harvest House)
Ten Women of the Bible, Study Guide (Max Lucado)
The Woman Who Surprises DVD (Dee Brestin)


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Pure Life Ministries — Have you been devastated by the pain and rejection of an unfaithful husband? Pure Life Ministries has been helping wives deal with the pain of unfaithful husbands for over 35 years. Whether your husband’s problem is pornography, an adulterous affair, soliciting prostitutes, or even secretly struggling with homosexuality…we can help you.

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Magazine and Online Articles

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A Salute to the Pastor's Wife by H.B. London Jr.

After the Shock: When you discover your pastor-husband is ensnared by pornography by an anonymous pastor's wife

A Theology For Discouraged Pastors And Church Leaders by Focus on the Family

Care For The Pastor's Wife, Too! by Sarah Jane Wessels

He's Still on the Throne by Stuart Briscoe

Cheap Thrills: With a little creativity, you can enjoy a regular night out with your mate -- even if money is tight by Ruth A. Burgner

Fill Her Up: How to help energize your wife in ministry by Jill Briscoe

Friends: A minister's wife can find them in the strangest places -- like church by Colleen Evans

Home Is Where the Hedges Are: Both spouses have jobs in more than half of ministry homes. How can they keep their lives in balance? by Phil and Bev Haas

How to Encourage Your Pastor's Wife by Donna Bordelon Alder

How to Fall in Love Every Day: The romance in your marriage won't fade if you invest in small acts of tenderness by Linda Riley

How To Survive A Split–Yes, You Can Survive!

It Wasn't Even Monday: Tired. If you're a ministry wife, that's probably a common word for you. Here's how you can get back on your spiritual toes. by Jill Briscoe

Lois Evans: Connecting with pastors' wives by Sheryl Giesbrecht

Making Friends When You're a Ministry Wife by Mary Manz Simon

Ministering to the Minister: It's the Most Important Job in the World by Stephanie Wolfe

More Than Surviving by Verdell Davis

On the Move: What relocation means for the career of a minister's wife by Linda Winter

Prayer: Women Armed and Dangerous! by Stephanie Wolfe

Riding the Ministry-Family Seesaw: Advice to a pastor's wife who feels resentful of the time that ministry seems to demand from her husband. by Walt and Fran Becker

She Says -- He Says: A ministry couple talks about why romance is so important to them -- and how they make it work by Kima and Barry Jude

Shell-Shocked: I was excited for my husband's new ministry. But when we moved, the walls started to close in. by Pam Farrel

Smooth Sailing: The ebb and flow of ministry doesn't need to swamp your marriage by Greg Asimakoupoulos

So Much Ministry, So Little Strength: We asked many questions when my husband was stricken with a chronic, debilitating disease. One was whether we could remain in ministry. by Sandy Sheppard

The High Chair Day by Jane Rubietta

The Role of Women in Ministry (Assemblies of God position paper)

The Separation of Church and Mate: How involved should the minister's spouse be in the church? That depends on who you ask. by Judy Waggoner

The Ten Commandments PK Style

The Tony Award: Can't get your mate to listen? Here's how one ministry wife does it. by Lois Evans

Through a Cracked Door by Robert J. Morgan

The Storm of Porn

Two-Part Harmony: After 15 years, we found out how to grow spiritually as a couple through our devotional in duet by Bob and Charlotte Mize

United We Stand: Unless We Don't See Eye to Eye by Stephanie Wolfe

What Pastors' Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Them by Barbara Milioni

When Your Child Does Drugs (ministry kids)

Why Be a Woman of the Word? by Pam Farrel

Women in the Pentecostal Movement


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Joy in the Kitchen

An online newsletter ministry tailored towards Pastor's Wives.

The Pastor's Wife

An online, international interdenominational newsletter for women married to ministers

Online Ministries

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Barnabas Factor

An encouragement and resource outreach to hurting clergy and spouses.

The Focused Pastor

A ministry of Focus on the Family, caring for pastors and their families. Many helpful articles for pastors' wives. Need a guaranteed good listener? Try the Pastoral Care Line at Focus on the Family. (Yes, it's available to ministry wives!) Call toll-free: (855) 771-HELP (4357) or request a call from a counselor.

PastorsWives - Thriving in the Fishbowl

A number of resources, including book reviews, our favorite recipes, helps for pastors' wives dealing with depression, message board, blog and devotional.

The Focused Pastor

A ministry of Focus on the Family for ministers and their families.


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Aldersgate Renewal Ministries - Tennessee
America's Keswick - New Jersey
Beulah Beach Christian Camp and Retreat Center - Ohio
Blessing Ranch, Inc. - Colorado
Broom Tree Ministries - Wisconsin
Buffalo Ridge Hospitality & Retreat Center - Kansas
Black Diamond Camp - Washington
Candlelight Inn - Indiana
Center for Courage & Renewal - Washington
Crie Haven House - Maine
Fairhaven Ministries - Tennessee
Faith Mountain Ministries - West Virginia
Hidden Manna Ministries - Texas
Hilltop Renewal Center - California
Hospitality Homes International - For those in ministry
JH Ranch - Alabama
Life Impact, Inc. - Oregon
Life Impact Ministries Black Hills Oasis - South Dakota
Marble Retreat Center - Colorado
Mountain Top Retreat - Montana
SonScape Re-Creation Ministries - Colorado
SoundView Ministries - Washington
Standing Stone Ministry - California
The Lodge - Michigan
Timber Bay Camp and Retreat Center - Minnesota

Refuge Directories

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Restoration & Counseling

Alongside - Michigan
A'nesis Retreats - Colorado
Barnabas Zentrum - Colorado
Care For Pastors - Florida
Charis Counseling Services (East) - North Carolina
Charis Counseling Services (West) - Oregon
CrossRoads Counseling of the Rockies - Colorado
Eagle Counseling Ministries & Retreat - Arizona (602) 625-7998
Fairhaven Ministries - Tennessee
His High Places - North Carolina
Center for Courage and Renewal - multiple locations
Marble Retreat - Colorado
Mountain Learning Center - California
Pastor4Pastors - Massachusetts
Restoration House (864) 977-8020 - South Carolina
Quiet Waters Ministries - Colorado
Ranch of Hope - Colorado
Restoration House - South Carolina
Restoring Sexual Purity - Colorado
SonScape Retreats - Multi-State
The Center for Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Resource - Colorado
The Cottage on Coronado Island - California

For a listing and brief description of most of the above places of refuge and pastoral caregiver resources, visit Focus on the Family's web page.

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Treasured Women's Retreat

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