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I’m Christine Hoover. Welcome to The Ministry Wives Podcast. Being a ministry wife is a vocation without a job description… and let’s be honest — sometimes it seems like ministry might be easier if we did have one. If you are a ministry wife like me and are looking for hope, perspective, and a little bit of practical advice regarding your role, you’re in the right place. Join me as we hear from women in various ministry contexts for authentic conversations about our shared joys and challenges – even the ones we’re unsure we can talk about. No topic is off-limits. Let’s dive in.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 240 Ratings

I’m Christine Hoover. Welcome to The Ministry Wives Podcast. Being a ministry wife is a vocation without a job description… and let’s be honest — sometimes it seems like ministry might be easier if we did have one. If you are a ministry wife like me and are looking for hope, perspective, and a little bit of practical advice regarding your role, you’re in the right place. Join me as we hear from women in various ministry contexts for authentic conversations about our shared joys and challenges – even the ones we’re unsure we can talk about. No topic is off-limits. Let’s dive in.

    From Pastor’s Wife to Pastor’s Widow (an interview with Melissa Swain)

    From Pastor’s Wife to Pastor’s Widow (an interview with Melissa Swain)

    There is no escaping the reality that women within our church will experience the loss of their spouse at some point in their lives. The Bible instructs us to take care of widows, but how do we practically live that out? Melissa Swain lost her pastor husband Chris unexpectedly in 2021 and joins the podcast to tell her story. Melissa shares how specific help, inclusion, and an admission of the hard has helped her and her children navigate in their new world.

    • 41 min
    Unmet Expectations in Ministry (an interview with Lisa Hughes)

    Unmet Expectations in Ministry (an interview with Lisa Hughes)

    Sometimes unmet expectations seem to pop up everywhere in our lives. We experience hardship or failure in life and ministry over and over again. Today, author and pastor’s wife Lisa Hughes teaches us how to reshape our thinking regarding unmet expectations. She shares that we need to not only expect the hard things, but also accept that the Lord is always doing what seems good to Him. We can find joy in the hardship while drawing closer to Jesus when faced with unmet expectations, choosing to obey Him even when it’s hard.

    Serving in Camp Ministry (an interview with Rachel Shelton)

    Serving in Camp Ministry (an interview with Rachel Shelton)

    Life in a parachurch ministry often looks very different from life in other ministries, but the goal is always the same: live as a minister of the gospel. Rachel Shelton and her husband were called to minister full time at TBarM Camps in Texas. Rachel describes the joys and challenges of camp life, and how her family focuses on doing life with others as they point them to Christ.

    • 32 min
    The Joy of Raising Missionary Kids (an interview with Keri Folmar)

    The Joy of Raising Missionary Kids (an interview with Keri Folmar)

    Ministry often stretches us to grow in ways we never imagined, some that are hard but many that can bring us deep joy. Raising children in a completely different culture for missions is no different. Missionary wife, author, and podcaster Keri Folmar joins me to shine light on the joys she experienced raising missionary children. She shares how God used their upbringing on a different continent to teach them about hospitality towards all and the unity that comes from Christ alone.

    • 45 min
    A Church Planting Couple’s Legacy (an interview with Jennifer Clifton)

    A Church Planting Couple’s Legacy (an interview with Jennifer Clifton)

    Clint and Jennifer Clifton spent their lives planting churches as well as pouring themselves into training and encouraging planters and their wives all over the globe. Jennifer joins the podcast to talk about the legacy of her late husband and how she sees the Lord opening opportunities for her to continue to encourage ministry wives just like us. Jennifer also shares her unique perspective on helping marriage and family thrive within the framework of full-time ministry.

    • 30 min
    Finding Your Place in Ministry (an interview with Angie Brown Elkins)

    Finding Your Place in Ministry (an interview with Angie Brown Elkins)

    Finding your place in ministry as a pastor’s wife or ministry wife can leave you feeling frustrated and stuck. You might feel constrained by expectations in your church, confused about where you are being called, or feeling stuck because a role you used to fulfill is no longer needed. Pastor’s wife and podcaster Angie Brown Elkins joins me today to share how she has reinvented herself in ministry over the years and how changing her thoughts around “calling” has allowed her to always find ways to serve God.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Jen Rogers, Stepfamily Coach ,

Thankful to learn through others

Interesting podcast! So glad a friend recommended to me. I’m newer to the role as pastor’s wife and was struck by how many of the challenges women who shared their stories face resonated with my experience as a stepmom. Grateful for the encouragement and support! ~ 🎙Jen Rogers, The Empowered Stepmom Podcast

AJNagle ,

So thankful for this podcast

Love this podcast and recommend for any ministry wives who need encouragement and reminders that we are not alone in our thoughts, feelings, experiences, and trials. All of the content is very relevant and covers topics across the board. I am thankful to hear and learn from women from all over the country

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Thankful for this podcast!

Thankful for the encouragement that this podcast provides!

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