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Amy is the wife of church planter, Barry Rager, and the mother of four young, energetic children.  She and her family served in established churches for 8 years before relocating to Indianapolis in 2013 to plant New Circle Church.  Amy enjoys discipling women and is passionate about planters' wives.  You can connect with her on Twitter @amylrager
Articles by this Author
March 22, 2018 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
While preparing to plant New Circle Church, Barry and I handed out prayer cards that read: Please pray for the Ragers as they become missionaries in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood of Indianapolis. Pray that: "The favor of the Lord our God would rest upon us,and establish the work of our...
January 25, 2018 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matt. 5:9) Two kids come howling into the kitchen. One has a toy. The other insists he temporarily set it down while he went to the restroom. The pasta water is boiling over. The kids' whining is like nails on a chalkboard. In...
November 30, 2017 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The gospel is immeasurably powerful. Scripture is sharper than any two-edged sword; It glorifies the power of God and defines His gift of salvation. As promised in the Bible, the Spirit of God gives us words to say and strength to say them. So sharing the gospel should be easy, right? What do we...
August 28, 2017 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Are you, or have you ever been, a youth minister's wife? I have. What about a rural church pastor's wife? I've been there, too. Or an urban church planter's wife? Count me in, also. So many moments in life, I felt like an outlier. Five times at the hands of the elderly widow’s class I received...
June 22, 2017 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A little before midnight, there was a knock at our door. An officer apologized for waking us and asked my husband if he was Justin Smith’s pastor. ‘Pastor’ was probably a bit of a stretch. We met Justin and his wife around a month before at our church plant’s block party. They had attended...
March 13, 2017 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My kids are going through a stage in which they often start a conversation with their sibling by saying, "Don’t take this personal … " follow by something like, "but your breath really stinks." Amazingly enough, beginning with "Don’t take this personal" hasn’t been a miracle tool for delivering...
January 23, 2017 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It’s hard to imagine there existed a time before walls. Today, we can barely imagine how this unfenced-reality must have impacted the daily lives of early humankind. Shepherds had a full time job keeping their sheep from wandering away or into danger. Monuments and markers designated what land...
September 22, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Trouble brings out the best in some. I am not one of those people. Externally, I may function well and continue on—likely with a smile—but internally, I am shaken more than I care to admit by pain and hardship. I have often doubted God’s goodness, His intentions and His plans for me. There have...
August 15, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I had no understanding, prior to my life in ministry, that socioeconomic class is a powerful divider and an underestimated phenomenon within the church.
May 31, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Living in the city is hard. There are more inconveniences and risks. It's a fact. (Why else would living in a suburb be a part of the American Dream?) And because of the inherent difficulty of urban dwelling we see exponentially more Christians driving into the nearest city for service projects...
April 18, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Chauffeuring children to frequent doctor’s appointments, therapy, and extracurricular activities; spending hours reteaching school material to two children, working nearly twice as many hours as I was getting paid for, attempting to support...
February 26, 2016 by Amy Rager
Chauffeuring children to frequent doctor's appointments, therapy, and extracurricular activities; spending hours reteaching school material to two children, working nearly twice as many hours as I was getting paid for, attempting to support my...
February 24, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I have consistently made an effort to 'be who I am' and not 'put on a show' for anyone. In other words — true to my millennial form — I've always valued being authentic. This driving value of 'being real' has certainly shaped my leadership and...
February 12, 2016 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Most of us want to be leaders. We want to make our mark for Christ and we want to champion others to do the same but, as women, we often tend to have trouble jumping into leadership. Some of us have trouble identifying where we are needed. Others...
November 19, 2015 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I won't remind you that church planting is exhausting, it would actually do us more harm than good to sit here and rehash it. I won't go into the theological reasons for rest because you know them and you'd love to live them out. And I won't...
August 13, 2015 by Amy Rager | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A little over two years ago I moved from rural Kentucky to the urban core of Indianapolis. To say I had a lot to learn in order to navigate the density and diversity that defines a city would be an understatement. Even to this day I still have...