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  • Equipping pastors’ spouses for their role in ministry

    Oct 28, 2015 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    I recently came across a book entitled, “The Identification of Essential Components for Equipping Pastors’ Wives for Ministry,” by Tara Rawls Jenkins. The title was an eye opener for me because it was the first time I had seen in writing the idea that the role of a pastor’s spouse could be more successful if training were available alongside their clergy spouse.

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  • The gathering 2015

    Jun 01, 2015 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I recently consulted with a group of pastors’ spouses to talk about how Christian Theological Seminary could support them as they worked in ministry with their clergy spouse. My goal was to talk about what personal needs were not being met, considering they were spending so much time taking care of others.

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  • The indescribable gift giving circle: How a clergy spouse found her passion

    Apr 06, 2015 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my past blog posts, I have talked about how many pastors’ spouses finding ways to seek to their own passion in ministry. I stated that many pastors’ spouses are learning to use their gifts to flourish and develop their own identity, instead of only taking on the identity of their clergy spouse or the church.

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  • A reflection on “Always together always alone: The truth about being a minister’s wife,” by Anne Brackin

    Feb 09, 2015 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my review of the literature on pastors’ spouses, I recently read Always Together Always Alone: The truth about being a minister’s wife, by Anne Brackin, a former pastor’s wife, who documented in her doctoral studies the loneliness and other feelings that many pastors’ wives experience. Many pastors’ wives have stated that they often experience loneliness or some form of depression while in ministry, and for many, it is their number one challenge.

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  • Mindful meditation and yoga as a spiritual practice

    Dec 15, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Three months ago I finished a class entitled “Mindful Meditation” that taught meditation and yoga exercises. It was a weekly, two and a half hour class dealing with relaxation of the mind and body to get in touch with bottled-up thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Mindful meditation works on the premise of focusing the mind in the present, being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions in the present without judging yourself.

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