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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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  • Finding companions on our journey in ministry

    Sep 26, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | What is it like to have companions as we walk through this Christian life? We all need special people in our lives to help us hear, learn, and practice what we are called to do and be in this world. Companions are those supportive people God sends to us as we attempt to live our best lives.

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  • My life as a pastor spouse

    May 11, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Sonia Vorster | Looking back over my life as the spouse of a pastor, I remember the excitement when my husband stepped into his calling. I immediately began to search for the dos and don’ts for my role because I knew nothing of the duties or behavioral patterns of a pastor’s spouse. Though I did not find anything in my research in the scriptures, I did know that I would become a "First Lady" and that gave me joy.

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  • "Surviving, Thriving, and Even Celebrating in Ministry: A Gathering for Clergy Spouses"

    Apr 19, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In April, 2015, The Academy of Preaching and Celebration (APC), as a part of their programming for clergy family, hosted a group of pastors’ spouses for a time of rest, relaxation, and dialogue on the topic “The Role of The Clergy Spouse”. This is a report on that event.

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  • Learning to delegate as a pastor’s spouse

    Feb 23, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    Many clergy spouses assume leadership over ministries, church projects, and their own homes at the same time. They often do so without asking for help. However, a team of people working together can be much more effective at completing projects in a timely manner and with much less stress. I have found that delegating things to others who are committed to the goals of a ministry can help improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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