How To Be A Good Husband In Ministry

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In this 5 minute session from Leadership Network's 2012 The Nines Conference, Matt Carter, Lead Pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX, talks about what it looks like to be a good husband in the midst of ministry. 
As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Matt begins this session with a pretty dramatic statement. He said that many pastors' wives are spiritual widows. Take a moment to consider your marriage. How are you doing at intentionally ministering to your wife's spiritual needs? What are you doing well? What needs to change?
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Matt said that your wife needs more than to just hear you preach. He asked five very important questions. Take the time to honestly answer each one.

1. Are you aware of your wife's prayer life? Why or why not? What's on her heart?
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2. What is she studying in the Word right now? Is she growing?
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3. What's she struggling with? How can you be there for her (which might mean that you aren't supposed to "fix" it, but just walk beside her)?
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4. When was the last time you prayed for her with her? If you can't remember, start this week. How can this become part of your regular routine?
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5. What's her spiritual gift? And is she using her gifts to serve others? How can you help here?
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Considering the incredible demands on most pastors, it's so easy to unintentionally neglect ministering to and serving our wives. But this is an area in which we can't afford to fail. Just like Sarah Edwards wrote in her letter, we too must make sure that we lead and love our wives is such a way that at the end of our lives, she will say, "What a legacy of godliness my husband has left us!"

Leadership Network's The Nines Conference

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