The Dos and Don'ts Every Church Planter's Wife Should Know

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Transitioning into church planting will be unique to your family, marriage, community and church plant. Listen carefully as Christine Hoover, author of The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart, shares the mistakes she made as a church planter's wife and how God taught her to submit to Him through the process of learning her role.

What unrealistic expectations do you think you have for your husband's ministry? How do you react when those expectations are not met?
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Christine reminded us that God is the one that makes the ministry grow as opposed to all of our work. How does this differ from how you have approached your role? Do you practice Sabbath rest regularly?
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Who or what guides you in making sure you're releasing work for others to do as the ministry/church grows? Who keeps you accountable? What steps do you take to make sure you're not doing too much?
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Church planting requires starting from scratch. The church office, church budget, set hours and salary do not exist. A new culture will demand every part of you and your family. In this next video clip, Christine shares her advice to new church planting wives and explains a good way to approach this journey. 

Christine said that she always encourages wives to do two things:
  1. Embrace the influence God has given you.
  2. Pray that God would show you how to use that influence best to honor Him.

Have you embraced the calling God has placed on your husband's life? How have you demonstrated it to him?
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What worries or concerns do you currently have for your husband? What can you do today to guard your time together with him? How have you created a "haven" for him at home?
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Christine shared that she is constantly asking God to show her what it is He wants her to do. Write down the ideas that you have about your role in your husband's ministry. Pray that God will show you what it is that you need to do and what you need to let go for others to do.
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Christine writes in her blog, "So your commitment to Christ and to His gospel is your anchor in everything you’ll do as a disciple, a wife, a mom, and a church planting wife. Nurture this relationship you have with Christ. Know God intimately, because all of ministry flows out of this relationship."

If you would like to read more about your role as a church planter's wife, you can find The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Heart by Christine Hoover HERE.