5 Things Your Pastor’s Wife Needs from You Right Now
She calls your name in prayer every night before she attempts to sleep. She lifts your family up to God in the most difficult times of your life. She faithfully attends every church event. (She plans most of them, anyway.) You never see her without a smile on her face.
All the while her husband and family are prime targets of attack.
Beside every pastor is a woman willing to walk with him through the uncertainties that come with the profession. No other job relies so heavily on faith and offers so little worldly reward. Pastors are under scrutiny now more than ever. Because of this, the pastor’s wife is bearing a heavy weight. So what can we do to ease her burden?
As the women of her congregation, there is something we can do.
During my time as a pastor’s wife, many women blessed me with exactly what I needed to press on when all I wanted to do was give up.
Allow me to share from my experience 5 things your pastor’s wife needs from you right now. Prayerfully consider how you might follow these tips to help ease her burden today.
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people and his incomparable great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:15-19 NIV
1. Prayer covering.
I know this one should be a given. That’s why it’s number one! Even though our intentions are noble, I am the first to admit falling short in my commitment to pray for my church leaders. Make no mistake, the pastor’s wife fits into the category of Church Leadership.
She may remain silent most of the time, but consider the many people she ministers to each day. And she does it all with love. We have no idea what the people in our church family may be going through, but she does. Every single one. Let’s pray for “wisdom and revelation” on her behalf, as Paul says in verse 17. God will give her strength as we intercede for her in prayer.
2. Positive communication - lots of it.
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you…”
Nothing says I appreciate you like a word of gratitude. Whether in person or in a hand-written note, a simple “thank you” will lift her spirit like nothing else. I recall a time of discouragement in our ministry. All pastors have them now and then. At just the right moment I received a thank you card from a dear woman in our church. I will never forget her sincere gesture. We cannot underestimate the power of a kind word.
3. Steadfast commitment.
Sometimes your pastor’s wife may ask for a time commitment from you. Let me just tell you; she hates to ask. She knows you are busy and wouldn’t ask without prayerful consideration. But be honest with her and yourself about what you are able to do. Pastor’s wives need our assistance. Let’s look for ways to help while remaining realistic with our commitments.
4. A stand against criticism.
When someone criticizes her, speak out against the criticism. Then walk away.
5. A good casserole.
This one’s my favorite, probably because I’m not too adept in the cooking department! Want to bless her socks off? Cook a casserole and surprise her family with a yummy dinner. You don’t have to be an amazing cook, though. A sweet friend at church used to pick up a bucket of bar-b-que, a package of buns, and a bag of chips for us once in a while. What a treat that was! I didn’t have to cook, and I could enjoy time with my family. Yes, food is a sure-fire way to show your love and concern for her.
We can rest assured that our pastor’s wife loves us more than she can express with words. Trust me on this one. We shouldn’t feel overlooked or forgotten if she hasn’t talked to us in a while. We must remember how overwhelming her role can be.
Let’s commit today to lift her up, just as she does for us. Putting these five steps into action will give us a fresh beginning. Our efforts will make a difference in her life and in our church.