My husband and I have a deep love for Pastors and their wives. Being on the front lines of ministry is challenging….more than you can imagine. So, Churchplanters.com was founded in 2006 to give church planters and church planting leaders permission to do what it takes to reach people who are disconnected from Christ and the church. And, we want to keep those Pastors healthy while they do it!
The great temptation for Pastors/wives and ministry leaders? To exchange the passion of our walk with Jesus for the administrative details of ministry. In other words, our ministry becomes a job, not a joy. When that happens, we are in danger of failing in so many ways: we’ll seek man’s approval rather than God’s; we’ll find our joy in accolades rather than in Christ; we’ll overlook the health of our family as we focus only on church activities; and, some of us will burn out as a result of our own failure to rest as God commands.
Maybe you don’t think it’s much of a problem. Maybe you don’t realize just how common these issues are among those of us in ministry. Over the last two years, my heart has broken as friends – Pastors – have admitted to adulterous affairs. Not one or two…..multiple friends. Enough to make me sick to my stomach as I considered the damage to families and churches across our nation as these men confessed their sin.
If you think men are the only ones who can take their eyes off of Jesus and fail, think again. Out of a group of 150 Pastor’s wives I was recently with, 10 of them confessed to affairs.
More than likely, though, if you are in ministry, you haven’t dealt with issues quite this extreme, but you struggle, nonetheless. The burdens you bear often get the better of you and effect how you relate to your Team and even your family. Pastor’s wives (PW’s) across the country have lamented a deep need for a close, trusted friend. Many of them crave a mentor who could help them on the leadership journey. Pastors often feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the decisions before them…..and, at times, feel ill-equipped to lead.
For reasons just like these we host a church planters conference each year designed to not only equip, but also to refresh you as leaders. This year’s conference, Velocity 2012, just might be my favorite one, yet, though. At our next conference, I’ll host an entire Pastor’s Wives Track – not just one break out session, but FOUR! Pastor’s wives desperately need some refreshment, some refueling, and some time to connect with God and friends. With these ladies in mind, we’re planning two days especially for you! Check it out:
– Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson, of Leading And Loving It, will be here to help us all connect with one another and fill the much-needed “friendship void” that many experience in the loneliness of leadership. I love both of them so much, and they have ministered to me GREATLY over the last two years.
– I’ll share my “Best Practices for PW’s,” 6 practices I use to effectively manage ministry, marriage, and family. I’ll transparently share the lessons I’ve learned in church planting.
– We’ll enjoy a PW Mixer! You’ll get to know TONS of new friends…..friends you can connect with in social media long after you leave Velocity 2012. God will use those friendships to encourage and inspire you!
– We’ll host a Pastor’s Wives Q&A, too. What PW Track would be complete without a Q&A session?! You ask it, we’ll tackle it! A Panel of PW’s who love the Lord and are anxious to see other PW’s thrive in ministry will be on hand to challenge and equip you. You don’t want to miss it!
All you need to do is mark your calendar, arrange child care, and REGISTER NOW! Join me Feb 27-28, 2012 for a ministry-changing, heart-healing, friendship-making 2 day event! And, stay tuned to SharpenHer. I’ll upload posts designed just for YOU from now until the conference.
Pastors and Pastor’s wives matter to me…..and to my husband. Join us at Velocity 2012!