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Shauna is married to Ben Pilgreen, pastor of Epic Church in San Francisco, CA. They have busy 3 boys and are in process of adopting a precious girl from India. Shauna loves exploring her city, engaging in her community, and encouraging women. Join her on her blog at ShaunaPilgreen.com where she shares how their family lives out the Gospel in the place they call home.
Articles by this Author
March 23, 2018 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I remember when Flourish began. Someone called from the other side of the country and let me know I wasn’t alone. I remember a few years prior when our church plant began. Someone literally handed me a piece of rope assuring me she was on the other side of it. I remember countless blogs written...
February 8, 2018 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites .... Pray then like this ...." (Matthew 6:5,9) We lead in the limelight, but what about our secret life? Particularly, our secret prayer life? I want to follow a leader who has a strong private prayer life, don’t you? Consider the following...
November 27, 2017 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Ministry in San Francisco has been better and harder than I expected. Better because it’s not my message nor my method. Harder because it’s not my message nor my method. I call the city by the bay, the second most densely populated land, the most expensive place in America, my home. The nations...
April 10, 2017 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I do. It’s something I keep before me. I’m not going to slack off. I can’t. None of us are above moral failures nor below it. You know it’s true. Someone comes to our mind right about now that is walking through a divorce, counseling, or leaving the ministry because of this. It sickens me to...
March 23, 2017 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Rest says, “I can’t, but God can.” Rest is a declaration that God is in control and we can lay down our bodies, our time, our work, our ministry in surrender. But rest doesn’t come easy. And it comes at a cost. We have to set things down in order to pick up rest. We have to lay down our burdens...
January 16, 2017 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
When I think of bravery in 2017, I think of the people of Aleppo—the fighters for freedom—and the mommas and papas protecting their children. I think of Desmond Doss who rescued 75 wounded soldiers at Hackshaw Ridge during World War II in 1945. I reflect on the story of one woman who came forward...
December 12, 2016 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We still tuck in our kids. It's just that the tucking looks a little different these days. If bedtime routine was important to us when trying to sleep train them as toddlers, it's equally important to them in their school years. Here's how and why we still tuck in our kids:
May 9, 2016 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The word spooked me out for the longest time. Rituals. I couldn’t help but think of dark colored wooden structures or strange chants. To associate the spooky word with jungle tribes or a people group who had no spoken language. To...
February 8, 2016 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
By this, I was taken by surprise. Humbly knowing in our 4 1/2 years of existence, our people were following us as we followed Christ. But not to this measure. Not to this newly discovered height. It was a night I will always remember. A night 200...
November 12, 2015 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I had a little self-talk after getting up from my face and knees bent to the floor. This self-talk had everything to do with me continuing my ministry here and nothing to do with my outfit for the day. If you've done ministry for even a month,...
October 1, 2015 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A critic for People magazine said that no one watches a heavy sex film for the dialogue. Society has made the sweaty scenes an illusive standard and tricks us into thinking that what we have in our godly marriage is plain. Our flesh craves for...
April 30, 2015 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My face turned multiple shades of red as I sunk deep into both the couch and the book. Pinkish red because of the language I don't typically read in "my kind of books." Hot red because I was outraged over the events and historical figures that...
March 13, 2015 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
What’s healthy is 64 ounces of water a day. What’s healthy is exercising several days a week. What’s healthy is dark chocolate! What’s healthy is rest. What’s not healthy is knowing everything that’s going on at church! If you’ve been in ministry...
January 16, 2015 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Love is work. To love a city, a people, a church community, well, it takes thought, action, and determination. It comes with failure and fatigue. It wears you out and gives you grays. {Okay, so the grays are a personal testimony}. Nonetheless, if...
December 12, 2014 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I need a break from all of you and all of it! Or maybe everything needs a break from me! I recently retreated for some solitude and re-centering. It was just as glamorous and as quiet as it sounds. And I was only 2 hours away for 2 nights and...
October 24, 2014 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Where are You, God? My old self was too afraid to ask such a question. I thought it disrespectful, yet I know I thought it a bi-zillion times...and like God didn’t know that! Whether it’s in getting older, experiencing pain and suffering, or...
March 31, 2014 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“Mom, who do I believe, Erick or you?” “You believe me. I’m going to always tell you the truth.” “Okay, then do I believe my teacher or you and dad?” “Son, we pray that the people in your life will speak truth to you, but always trust us...
February 7, 2014 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
As a way to show him love, I’m giving him the city this year. Our city already has won our hearts and we love our city by giving her our gift in the form of a church community. Isn’t that just the greatest thing we can do for the places we call...
November 6, 2013 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
November 06, 2013 by Shauna Pilgreen I wish I had known how fragile church can be. We've been on staff for years when there has always been a senior staff or lead pastor who felt this more...
New to a City Blog Post
January 1, 2012 by Shauna Pilgreen | Flourish - Ministry Wives
a drastic move. surroundings of green rolling hills were replaced with the san francisco bay and pacific ocean touching. a fairly christianized culture in most of our ministry was given up for a culture of many religions, diversity, and tolerance...