Why do wives need support? Based on our research we provide clear answers for why training and supporting a church-planting wife is key to the long-terms success and thriving of churches.
Couples go into Church planting together
They are called, assessed, and sent as a unit. But the pastoral spouse often receives little training or ongoing support. Multiple studies highlight the stresses on the pastor’s wife.
Beyond Duct Tape, Holding the Heart Together in a Life of Ministry
Authored by Shari Thomas & Tami Resch
Church planting and pastoral ministry can be lonely, stressful, and ambiguous. This resource, written by seasoned church planting spouses, addresses the essential truths that impact survival in ministry: story, gospel, idolatry, identity and calling, and community. Each of the five units includes myths, personal stories, and tools for deeper understanding and application. While the focus is on church planting, the tools can be used in any area of leadership and ministry. The book can be purchased here.
Pastors' Wives report...
Parakaleo, from the Greek word for “coming alongside,” is dedicated to ensuring that both members of this team receive gospel-centered training and care. Couples have a high success rate for the survival of their church and their marriage when both are trained and coached.
Learn more about our research and why Parakaleo meets a unique need and strengthens marriages, supports ministries, and saves lives.