Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife

Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife

Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife

Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife


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Life as a pastor's wife offers meaningful opportunities to play a significant part in God's work, to witness and participate in the beauty of changed lives. Yet it also carries the potential for deep wounds and great conflict that can drain the joy out of service. Is it worth it? Oh, yes, says Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren and cofounder of Saddleback Church. It is more than worth the risk—it's a sacred privilege.

Drawing on more than forty years in ministry in every possible size church, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give readers the confidence needed to lead and live well. Pastor's wives learn to

- accept who they are
- adapt to change
- help their children survive and thrive
- protect their private lives
- deal with criticism
- live with integrity
- develop an eternal perspective

Whether she is excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, every pastor's wife will find hope and encouragement for their calling in Kay's warm and wise words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729677
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kay Warren cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick Warren, in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV, and for orphaned and vulnerable children. She founded Saddleback's HIV&AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough and Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in heaven, and she has five grandchildren, Kaylie, Cassidy, Caleb, Cole and Claire. Learn more at and follow her on Facebook (Kay Warren) and on Twitter (@KayWarren1).

Table of Contents

A Personal Tribute from Rick Warren 9

Preface 11

1 The Story of a Church Girl 17

2 Sharing the Dream 33

3 Accepting Who You Are 57

4 Adapting to Change 75

5 Helping Your Children Survive and Thrive 95

6 Sharing Your Life 119

7 Taking Care of Yourself 139

8 Valuing Seasons and Moments 157

9 Protecting Your Private Life 179

10 Dealing with Criticism 199

11 Adopting an Eternal Perspective 219

12 Finishing Well 237

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 255

Recommended Resources 257

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