Thursday, December 02, 2010

Are you a Church Planter's Wife?

Current or future??? Church planter aren't alone. I wrote an article that was published on the Acts 29 website directed toward church planters' wives, specifically in the first year of church planting. The first year can be detrimental.

I originally wrote it as a help for me (to rest on those truths that I mention) and to get my thoughts together as we gained another elder and his wife earlier this year. I pray that it will be a source of blessing for a current or future church planter's wife (or simply a pastor's wife) that may be dealing with similar struggles.

5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known...

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  1. So, so good! I'm so glad you posted this. Fantastic job.

  2. Well, I had some good editors. ;) Thanks for your input!

  3. I'm no church planter's wife, but I still loved the article! I got some great insight regarding loving my husband through trials. Thanks for posting!

  4. Hi there-
    I found this post while doing some general Web searches about church planting- my husband is in the process of pre-planning for a fall 2011 plant. He's been a youth pastor for four years at our current church and we'll be leaving at the end of the year to begin work for the new church. On Wednesday night we announced the news to the group, and needless to say, it's been a rollercoaster of emotions. I just had to comment because God was so gracious to let me find your blog and article at the exact time when I needed it. We will probably never meet this side of eternity (I'm in east Tennessee, ha!) but I'm grateful to have found a "kindred spirit" to offer some helpful words that I will treasure! Thanks for your willingness to share!!

  5. hey Kendra- I echo the thoughts of Allison from a couple years ago :o) I just found you online and I am sooo grateful because today your post was an answer to prayer. Although my hubby and I have been associate pastors for 15 years. We are preparing to plant a church later this year in San Francisco and the emotional process I am facing is incredibly soul searching and is is perfectly described by your article. It seems as if you are describing the exact things that I am emotionally working through and anticipating, both good and bad. I just wanted to drop by and say thanks soooo much for your transparency and willingness to voice the fears. I am so glad I am not alone. I also am so grateful for a God who cares so deeply about me that in my process of healing and preparing He allowed me to find your words. Thanks again so much! Elana Wilkins

  6. Elana and Allison,
    I'm thankful that I am able to share experiences from our past that help others. It was hard for me to find someone that was honest about the struggles, but as I started to realize that others were dealing with these same things, I thought it needed to be put "out there" so that others could see they weren't alone.

    Anyway, if you need anything, please feel free to reach out to me:



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