Welcome!

 
 

I’m so glad you came.

 
I serve women like you who are married to ministers. You can find acceptance, support, and learning here.
 
 
Your Sister in Christ,
Dr. Elisa Ashley

Conferences are great – but what about all the time in between?

 

That’s where Journey Partner Inc. comes in!

 
 

We provide a variety of group and individualized offerings.

Group

Either Group or Individual

Individual

 
 

Journey Groups

Pastor Wife to

Pastor Wife

small peer soul care groups provided as a free ministry 
(donations of course are always welcomed –
as with any ministry).

Resourcing

specialized opportunities offered for a fee to individuals or groups
 
  • exploration of your embodied role as pastor wife
  • leadership training
  • ministry coaching
 
Email requests to:
Dr.Ashley@JourneyPartnerInc.org

Spiritual Companioning

 
personal individualized soul care offered at a sliding fee as needed

Read below to learn more about why we support pastor’s wives.

Journey Partner Inc.

 
is an inter-faith Christian para-church ministry serving all Christian women from any denomination/association who are married to ministers of any type
(senior, associate, youth, etc.) and ordained deacons.
 
 
 

Our journey is unique, yet it is incomplete without the support and sharing of others.

 
 

Carrying each other’s burdens. Serving each other in love.

 

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 women like you struggle to some degree with the following.
 
 
 
 

You are not alone!

Isolation
Emotional Pain
Finding Confidants
Financial Strain
Interpersonal Loneliness
Role Expectation/Confusion
Time Pressures
Boundary Issues
Creating spiritual community where you can be authentically vulnerable
Stress and anxiety – family stress
Lack of social support
Lack of privacy – fishbowl effect –
boundary issues

 

There is Good News!

 
 
 

Research shows that

 

spiritual resources

 

have the greatest total positive effect for your quality of life

as a woman married to a minister!

 
 

Soul Care/Spiritual Formation Model

 
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: 

 

Iindividual

Spiritual

Practices

 

 

Small Groups

in

Spiritual Community

 

Continued Exploration

of Your Embodied Role as a Clergy Wife

 
This soul care/spiritual formation model will that we offer you will:
 
  • develop deeper spirituality
  • broaden and deepen your social support system
  • foster better psycho-emotional well-being
  • build immunity to stress
 
Want to read more about the unique challenges and stressors of pastors’ wives,
including survey data from wives themselves?
 

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-something 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?

Talk to Dr. Ashley and other pastor wives.

 

Share your story with Dr. Ashley by scheduling a chat with her below.

Schedule a chat with Dr. Ashley today by using the form below.

 

Talk to other women married to ministers in Journey Groups.