Welcome back to the second part of Priority 3!
3. Ministry (or Career)
Please know that these points are not just clever ideas borrowed from knowledgeable sages. Oh, no. Each point, often painful, was experienced by me. I offer them to you and trust you’ll avoid the emotional scrapes and bruises, which do eventually heal.
My suggestions with regard to relationships and ministry…
- Develop relationships with all ages in the church. Your ministry will have a broader reach when you are able to bridge those gaps.
- Be cautious of your conduct with the opposite sex.
- Support other departments associated with your church. It all comes back to you and your department/ministry. A mental image of the Olympic symbol comes to my mind. As the five rings interconnect, so should our support with other departments. The business world calls it synergy when the sum of smaller groups is greater than its parts. Translation: Stronger Together!
- No appearance at church or related events suggests that the staff wife doesn’t need the people; is a snob; is unloving; is sick or lazy.
- Don’t use your children as an excuse to get out of something. That’s called a lie. (2 Corinthians 4:2)
- Smile. Always be pleasant and friendly…even to those who have hurt you. Shake hands before service, when possible, and always following service, when possible. Recently God whispered for me to stay put after service on the front row of the church we attend when we're actually in town. I've been amazed at the conversations, prayer requests, encouragement and opportunities which have come toward me as I "stay."
- Don’t keep everything in. Why? You’ll establish and fortify walls of resentment toward anything and anyone to do with ministry. Find a mature believer or mentor – outside of your church – with whom you can confide. A mature outsider will allow you to vent and, in turn, can speak into your life. A mature outsider won’t compromise you or your husband’s ministry position.
- People will press you as a staff wife for information before they will approach your husband. Why? Women are notorious for being “loose lips” and gossipers.
- Keep confidences. Two exceptions: (1) Your husband, and (2) in cases of abuse, this by law must be reported.
December 2012, will be the final installment of our PRIORITIES blogpost lessons. If you missed one, go to the Archive and catch up. If you have a question or comment, please message or email me. Most people seem to like the privacy of our conversations and that's totally cool!