Fireproofing Your Marriage and Family
Challenges to happy, loving family relationships are not just for the people who sit in the pew. They also affect the lives of those who stand behind the pulpit. If your ministry marriage is broken or semi-broken, you are in great company. Some of the most successful ministers in North America have terrible marriages. Instead of model marriages reflecting well on Christ, ministry marriages are fighting for survival. Families pictured inside front covers of church directories or displayed as staff in brochures appear happy and healthy. Off of the brochure and back in the bedroom this is seldom reality. Clergy families are not always as they appear. They are in trouble. The increasing disfigurement of clergy family life abounds.
This issue of Enrichment journal is filled with insightful and compelling articles and interviews that communicate practical ways to fireproof your marriage and family relationships. Read stirring compositions by Henry Cloud, Don and Jodi Detrick, H.B. London, Gary Oliver, Dennis Rainey, Dale Wolery, George O. Wood, and others.
Challenges to happy, loving family relationships affect not only the people in the pew, but also those behind the pulpit. Here are seven reasons why ministry marriages are in jeopardy and ways to be happily married in the here and now.
Gary J. Oliver
Perhaps you have acquired, even mastered, some of the core relational skills that contribute to a good marriage. But the following choices can take your marriage to a whole new level.
If you want to put some spark back into your marriage, here are a few tips:
Charlie And Sandy Salmon With Scott Harrup
Charlie and Sandy nearly became a divorce statistic just 11 years into their marriage. The lessons they learned from that experience have made them the man and wife — and the pastors — they are today.
If your ministry marriage is broken or struggling, you are in great company. Some of the most successful ministers in North America have terrible marriages. Here is what you need to know to keep from having a marriage meltdown.
What do four ministry wives have to say about being married to a minister? Listen in to this ministry-wives-tell-all meeting.
Don And Jodi Detrick
While you cannot hire security guards or build a fence to protect your marriage and family, consider these suggestions.
It is good for people in ministry to be vigilant concerning how their children are developing. That raises a question: What is worth worrying about?
A refreshingly candid interview with seven college-age PKs reveals the risks and rewards of growing up in a pastor’s home.
As pastors and parents of children who strayed from the faith and fold, four ministry couples admit their common ground was pain, but their hope is in sharing how they found resolution.
Managing Financial Stressors to Maximize Resources: Tips to Stretch Your Family Dollar and Plan Your Financial Future
The negative impact economic pressures can have on the minister’s home, family life, and ministry is powerful and all-encompassing. Here are tips that can stretch your family dollar and plan your financial future.
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood
How well is it in your home? Are you a healing wife? A healing husband? The apostle Peter lays out the essentials of being a healing wife and husband.
Gary R. Allen
The Greatest Challenges Of Pastoral Care
Larry E. Hazelbaker
Managing Your Ministry
Clergy, Church & Law
Ministry And Medical Ethics
Christina M.H. Powell
Q&A For The Pastor’s Wife
Close Friends with a Woman in the Church
Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844–1924)
“A Woman’s Place Is in the Pulpit”
Iuniversity: Empowering Collegians for Christ
The Student-Friendly Church
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