Resources

April 24, 2018 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Our church had an active women’s Bible study that was holding our very first women’s conference. I was excited because our main speaker, Marge Caldwell, was a famed speaker and teacher from Houston, Texas. Marge had a huge national following and was known for her humor and wit. But she also had...
June 29, 2017 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A ministry wife often hesitates to call herself a leader. We shy away from the “leader” label. Yet every single one of us is. Some may like it. Some may not. But it is unwise for us to resist, ignore or deny it. We're leaders, and so, embracing the leadership role will help us begin to steward it...
June 26, 2017 by Annie B Garman | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I had only been married and in ministry for four weeks when our senior pastor told us we were going to our first ministry conference. I remember feeling like I was faking it or something; I had barely started this new role. Was I really in need of a conference to “revive my weary spirit?” The...
June 15, 2017 by Beth Holmes | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“If only our church had a full-time children’s minister …" “If only our women’s ministry could find its footing …” “If only our people would volunteer more …” The expression “if only” is a great temptation in ministry. If only everything and everyone would line up, then we could do what...
April 20, 2017 by Tricia Lovejoy | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We were friends. Good friends. Our daughters played together and enjoyed sleepovers. We laughed at the same jokes and sent each other encouraging texts. I loved seeing her face as I walked through the church lobby … she simply warmed my heart. I loved her entire family. We weren’t BFF’s, if you...
April 6, 2017 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It happens when I'm driving down the road and pass "that" church. It happens after a conversation with "that" minister's wife. It happens after I hear stories of how "that" church is doing. A twinge of competition creeps in. We know life isn't fair. But surely ministry is equitable since we are...
April 3, 2017 by Susie Hawkins | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I had noticed her looking at him, laughing a little too loud, practically swooning over the brilliance of his sermons and cleverness of his insights. But she was my good friend, and I didn’t consider it flirting, especially since my husband paid no attention to her whatsoever. She was just...
October 27, 2016 by Katie Orr | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It happened almost every Sunday morning. His cell phone would ring loudly in the middle of the sermon, set to Oh When the Saints Go Marching In. Sometimes, he would let it finish the chorus. Other times, he would answer it and begin his conversation as he walked down the center aisle toward the...
September 5, 2016 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The pen is in your hand, the card opened and yet you are paralyzed. What should you say to recognize loss? We truly do want to say something meaningful. Yet we are writing to a fragile heart. Most of us are wise enough to realize we have potential to help or hurt in this small but important gesture.
June 9, 2016 by Tricia Lovejoy | Flourish - Ministry Wives
All of us have a vision of what we want to do and who we'd like to become, yet few of us stick to it over time. Even after short-term success, visions tend to blur, drift and fade.