What’s the Role of a Pastor’s Wife?

Is the Pastor’s wife to be the “co-pastor,” the church’s “First Lady,” or just another member?

What role should the wife of a Senior Pastor have in the church? Steven Furtick, Greg Laurie and James MacDonald offer their takes here:

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James MacDonald’s closing remark in this clip is particularly insightful:

We’re to love our wives. . . . the way we treat our wives in public is a signal not only to our own wives but to our congregation of what that’s supposed to look like . . . and I just don’t think there should be any further expectation beyond that…

This brings up an important question, not just for pastors, but for all Christian men:

How are we treating our wives in public? Do we treat them better in publicly than privately? Do we treat them better privately than publicly? Are we striving to be consistent in how we show honor to our wives wherever we are?

HT: James MacDonald

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  • http://vesselproject.com Keiki Hendrix

    Excellent post. Thanks for the link. I forwarded it to a friend who’s husband will soon be taking a Church. I have a heart for Pastor’s wives. Never understood why any woman would want the co-pastor title, or to be treated as the Pastor. I do believe a Pastor’s wife has a very hard job and is the one that all the women in the Church will look for guidance, counsel, and as an example.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sherri.lackey Sherri Lackey

    As a pastor’s wife I heartily agree with James MacDonald’s closing remark.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sherri.lackey Sherri Lackey

    As a pastor’s wife I heartily agree with James MacDonald’s closing remark.

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      Sherri, what’s been the biggest challenge for you as a pastor’s wife? Do people treat you differently by virtue of your husband being a pastor?

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      Sherri, what’s been the biggest challenge for you as a pastor’s wife? Do people treat you differently by virtue of your husband being a pastor?

  • http://profiles.google.com/sherri.lackey Sherri Lackey

    As a pastor’s wife I heartily agree with James MacDonald’s closing remark.

  • Whiskers123

    I think the pastor’s wife should be just another member.  Don’t put her on a pedestal, and don’t call the pastor’s home at all hours with petty complaints.  It’s her home too, and she deserves uninterrupted time with her husband.