Welcome.

I’m so glad you came!

We serve women like you who are married to ministers.
We offer small peer soul care groups called Journey Groups – Pastor Wife to Pastor Wife – and resourcing/companioning by Dr. Ashley. Click on the options below to learn more about each area. Continue reading to learn more about why we support pastor’s wives. 
 
We are an inter-faith Christian para-church ministry serving all Christian women married to pastors of any type from any denomination. 
 
Each of our journey’s is unique, yet they are incomplete without the support and sharing of each other. Here at JPI, we are guided by our foundational principles found in Galatians 5:1-6:10.
 
Carrying each other’s burdens. Serving each other in love. 
 
We value and seek Christian spirituality through freedom, faith, love, humility, sharing, equity, and perseverance as bestowed by the Holy Spirit.
You can talk to me. You can talk to other women married to pastors. 
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Resourcing

Companioning

 
 

The Role of Pastor Wife – Rewarding and Challenging

You have a special role. You deserve and need special support.

 
Regardless of how involved you are at church or what the church’s expectations are, there’s no away around the simple fact that you are married to the pastor. That’s simply not the same as being a regular church member.
 
The role of Pastor’s Wife is a real thing. The question women must answer is,
how do I believe God is inviting me to live this embodied role?
 
While you are blessed by God in many ways through your role as pastor’s wife, the role also presents many particular stressors that negatively impact your spiritual, physical, and psycho-emotional health. According to research, a majority of you struggle to some degree with
  • interpersonal loneliness
  • isolation
  • finding confidants
  • emotional pain
  • creating spiritual community where you can be authentically vulnerable
  • stress and anxiety – family stress
  • lack of social support
  • time pressures
  • role expectations/confusion
  • lack of privacy – fishbowl effect
  • financial strain
  • boundary issues

Good News!

Research shows that spiritual resources have the greatest total positive effect for your quality of life! You’ve come to the right place. One proven way for you to deepen your spirituality and thrive holistically as you navigate the challenges of your role is to engage in a tailored
 
soul care/spiritual formation model designed just for you with
  • individual spiritual practices (see resourcing and spiritual resources)
  • small group pastor wife-to-pastor wife spiritual community (see Journey Groups)
  • continued exploration of your embodied roles as a clergy wife (see resourcing/companioning)
 
This soul care/spiritual formation model will help you to:
  • develop deeper spirituality
  • broaden and deepen your social support system
  • foster better psycho-emotional well-being
  • build immunity to stress
 
To read more about the unique challenges and stressors of pastors’ wives, including survey data from wives themselves, click here
 

Does this story feel familiar?

Eve has always loved the Lord, at least for as long as she can remember. Lately, however, it is getting harder. She is thirty-five with two young kids and endless laundry. Sometimes she stares into the washing machine and watches the water swirl, back and forth. That is how her life feels: kids, clean, cook, work, church, sleep, repeat. Her college degree didn’t prepare her for this. Her husband seems to be rarely home. When he is home in body, he is often not in mind. He has just started his
second pastorate, and the demands are high. He gives so much physically and emotionally to the church that he feels empty by the time he gets home. Who can blame him, and how is she supposed to compete with a calling from God? As the new pastor’s wife on the block, she was asked to lead VBS this coming summer. Panic swept over her body, her gut tightened, and her mouth got dry. She knew it would not be her gifting, but those looming expectations from the church and those she
had of herself… They were haunting and daunting. Who could she talk to? Who would understand?
You can talk to me. You can talk to other women married to pastors.