Blog Posts by Joyce Thomas

  • The totality of self-care

    Posted Apr 07, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I want to talk about how in-depth self-care can and should be for the maximum health and balance for spouses of pastors who spend less time on themselves due to being over committed to others. I believe that if pastor spouses paid more attention to what makes them feel happy and balanced, they would more likely be content with themselves and their outlook on ministry.

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  • Dealing with people who wound

    Posted Mar 08, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Every pastor’s spouse serving in ministry must be equipped with strategies to deal with people who wound. In every ministry, there are people who inevitably bring conflict and confusion into the group. These are wounded people who tend to wound others.

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  • Encouragement for the holidays

    Posted Dec 16, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | The holiday season is upon us and clergy families will start their usual march to the many celebrations and worship services from now to the end of the year. Clergy families will be invited by different ministries, boards, and church members to different holiday gatherings.

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  • Boundaries and clergy spouses

    Posted Nov 16, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Boundaries are important for everyone, but especially those in relational and public positions. Boundaries define where a role begins and ends. They make clear its responsibilities and parameters and help guide correct action. Boundaries establish necessary limits and safe guards for a variety of contexts, from relationships to ministry, and even for personal growth.

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  • A review of Lose, love, live: The spiritual gifts of loss and change by Dan Moseley

    Posted Oct 31, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I recently read a book on grief and loss called Lose, love, live: The spiritual gifts of loss and change by Dan Moseley. Mosley’s book is for anyone who has experienced loss, be it the loss of a family member, pet, game, body part, or even a dream. It addresses the experience of someone or something becoming permanently absent in a person’s life. For spouses of pastors, this could include the loss of time with their spouse, the loss of privacy, or the loss of relationships when moving to a new city.

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