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  • Dealing with people who wound

    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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  • Growing edges

    Feb 10, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | The new year has begun. As clergy spouses, many of you are already in a new season of serving others. However, you may not have yet taken the time to reflect on this past year in terms of your own personal growth.

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  • Encouragement for the holidays

    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

    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

    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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