Preaching Blog

See all blog posts by Frank A. Thomas on preaching
See all blog posts by Joyce Thomas on family ministry

  • 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.

    Read Post | Comments (1)
  • 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.

    Read Post | Comments (2)
  • 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.

    Read Post | Comments (0)
  • 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.

    Read Post | Comments (1)
  • Pastors’ spouses who serve with joy

    Nov 17, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my last blog post, I wrote about being good enough to be a pastor’s spouse and the fact that many spouses feel they cannot measure up to the role and expectations of serving in ministry with their clergy spouse. The resolution was found in ll Corinthians 3:5: “not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (NASB).

    Read Post | Comments (0)

Blog Archive


Nav