Podcast Episode #372
We routinely hear from pastors’ wives and ministry spouses. Their feedback is often heartbreaking. Today, we expound on their frustrations.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Pastor spouses are often expected to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
- Church members often complain to a minister’s spouse if they feel like they aren’t getting the attention they deserve.
- If you need to get a message to a church staff member, go to them—not their spouse.
- I’m so grateful for pastors’ wives who have the courage to speak up for other pastors’ wives.
The ten unrealistic expectations we cover in this episode are:
- “I am expected to attend every function at the church.”
- “Many church members expect me to know everything that is happening in the church.”
- “We have several church members who feel free to complain to me about my spouse.”
- “Church members utilize me as a de facto assistant to my spouse, giving me messages for him.”
- “I am still amazed how many church members expect me to function as an employee of the church.”
- “Some of the members expect our children to be perfect and act perfect.”
- “I am always supposed to be perfectly made up and dressed when I leave the house.”
- “I have no freedom at our church to be anything but perfectly emotionally composed.”
- “I think some of our church members expect my family to take a vow of poverty.”
- “So many church members expect me to be their best friend.”
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