Heart To Heart With Pastors'
Twelve Women Share the Wisdom They've Gained As Partners in Ministry
© 1994 Lynne Dugan
Regal Books : Ventura, California
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1. Spouses of clergy United States
Religious life 2. Evangelicalism
BV4395 .H326 1994 ~~ Dewey: 253/.2 20 ~~ LCCN: 94006685 ~~ OCLC: 29909051 ~~ 179p.
Heart To Heart With Pastors' Wives is presently held by 51 libraries including Harvard University and the Library of Congress.
Table of Contents
Foreword ... by Evelyn Christenson 9
1. From an Open Heart ... by Lynne Dugan 13
2. Husband and Wife: A Union Designed by God ... by Colleen Townsend Evans 7
3. Clergy Kids: Give Them a Break ... by Catherine Hickem 33
4. Self-Feeding of Scripture: The Number One Survival Tool ... by Joy P. Gage 49
5. Midlife: Crisis or Crossroad? ... by Sally Christon Conway 59
6. Surviving the Stress Factor ... by Anna Hayford 69
7. When Home is Havoc, Not Haven ... by Pamela Hoover Heim 79
8. Discipling: Catch the Vision ... by Anne Ortlund 87
9. Mentoring: Woman to Woman ... by Gail MacDonald 95
10. A Proposal for Preparation ... by Mary Lou Whitlock 103
11. Retirement: A Word Not in God's Dictionary ... by Kathryn Stephens Grant 115
12. Commitment: The Key to Contentment ... by Carol Rhoads 125
13. The Great Sorority ... by Lynne Dugan 137
A P P E N D I C E S
1. NAE Survey of Ministers' Wives 149
2. NAE Survey of Ministers' Wives Executive Summary 160
3. Support Groups for Pastors' Wives (SGPW) 171
4. Ministry Wives Network International Mission Statement 175
5. NAE Statement of Faith 177
From the Jacket of the Book
"Slowly I began feeling like an unpaid assistant pastor" writes Lynne Dugan about her life as the wife of a fledgling pastor. "I felt as if I were on a treadmill and could not reach the stop button." Fortunately her husband, Bob, was sensitive to her frustration, encouraging her to discover fulfillment in her dual role of supporting his ministry and having a ministry of her own.
Here are the stories and wisdom of women who live day in and day out in the fishbowl of being a "ministry wife." They share their concerns about their children, their husbands and their own needs. Find out how they have conquered the struggles of a life in the public eye and at the same time found God's purpose for their own lives.
If you or someone close to you is a "ministry wife," Heart to Heart with Pastors' Wives is essential reading.
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Heart to Heart with Pastors' Wives stands out as one of the best books for helping pastors' wives meet today's issues with confidence and clarity. It deals candidly with topics not often found in books for ministers' wives, such as sexual relations, midlife issues, abusive behavior and coping with retirement.
Director, Called Together Ministries
Resources and Referrals for Pastors' Wives
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Nothing or no one has more influence on the effectiveness, fulfillment or fruit of a pastor's personal life than his wife. With her full partnership, everything abounds under God's hand. Heart to Heart with Pastors' Wives will help many dear women and overflow to His many dear shepherds.
The Church On The Way
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Lynne Dugan and her "blue ribbon" contributors provide ways to encourage and empower the wives of Christian leaders to become all that God has in mind for them to be.
H. B. London,
Vice President of Outreach and Pastoral Ministries
Focus on the Family
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Heart to Heart with Pastors' Wives is intimately personal, thoroughly practical and warmly interesting. It succeeds as an inspiring message to all women behind the men behind the pulpit.
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Lynne Dugan was founder and president of Support Groups for Pastors' Wives, a national ministry for the wives of Christian workers. It was later renamed, Ministry Wives Network International. She was married to and partnered in ministry with her husband of 57 years, Robert P. Dugan, Jr., director of the Office of Public Affairs and Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington, D.C. The ministry of supporting pastors' wives is being carried on now by Jill Briscoe. To purchase a previously-owned hard copy of this book, please visit Barnes & Noble.com
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To the Author and Finisher of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, who "will accomplish what concerns me" (Psalm 138:8 NASB). To my beloved husband, Bob, my closest friend for more than 40 years in marriage and ministry, who suggested I create a survey to determine the needs of pastors' wives. To our stalwart son, Bob III, his wonderful wife, Alisa, our grandson, Robby IV, and to our darling daughter Cheri. To my friends who contributed to this book out of their experiences in pastoral ministry. To the National Association of Evangelical Women's Commission, who caught the vision of Support Groups for Pastors' Wives. To Brenda Josee, who encouraged me for more than four years to produce this book. Ultimately, to pastors' wives and women in ministry choice, but often unsung, servants of God.
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