If you sit down with almost any pastor’s wife and ask her what one of the first questions she was asked was when she and her husband went to a church in view of a call to pastor the answer will probably be something along the lines of whether or not she could play the piano or organ, when she planned to begin leading the weekly women’s Bible study, or what her vision for the children’s ministry department happened to be. It is almost always assumed that when a pastor accepts the call to become the new pastor of a church that his wife will be active in some way within the ministry, a two for one deal of sorts. And that is probably true to some extent, however, what that role looks like may not be what the members of the church are expecting.
Welcome! This week I'm starting a new series. I know, I know. I have done "series" before and I didn't get very far with them but this time things just feel a little bit different. All over the place I have been seeing this saying "Do it scared." The principle behind it is if God has placed a passion, desire, dream, vision, you name it in your heart and mind that even if you are terrified of the outcome, the results, the reception it doesn't matter. You just need to do whatever that thing is and do it scared. So here I am. I am terrified to begin sharing these thoughts with the world. But for whatever reason, I feel like now is the time to really dive in the deep end with some of the things I have experienced and continue to experience as we continue on this "church replant" journey we are on. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me as we take this deep dive together.
Photo by YODA Adaman on Unsplash Happy New Year! I am actually finding it very hard to process that we are into a new year. I'm not sure if it is because I am reeling from a bit of post traumatic something or other from 2020 or if it's because in truth, not much has… Continue reading Married and Replanting Ep. 022: The Spiritual Drought
2020. What a year it has been. I'm fairly certain as I was sitting myself down to write out my goals and plans for the new year I did not include living through a global health crisis or having to adjust to stay home orders. I also don't think I planned on budgeting my time… Continue reading Married and Replanting Ep. 019: Our Year in Review
Photo by Max Beck on Unsplash Happy Wednesday. And welcome to Blogmas day 2. Its podcast day friends! Its Advent season. Most people know all about the idea of advent when it comes to the fun little pop open calendars with chocolate or toys hidden inside. Searching for the day and opening it up to… Continue reading Married And Replanting Ep 017: Talking Advent with Malachi Holmes
Tradition is defined as "the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way." Some of these traditions are fun and have a wonderful meaning attached. Others happen simply out of circumstances years before and no one really knows why they take place. It is… Continue reading Married and Replanting Ep 015: Traditionally Speaking
Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash Unsolicited advice, constructive criticism, not so constructive criticism...all of these things are just part of life. No matter where you may find yourself there will always be someone, somewhere will have an opinion on how things should be done. This is no different when it comes to ministry. You… Continue reading Married and Replanting Ep 014: Thick Skin Required
Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash Crazy is defined as Mentally deranged, especially manifested in a wild or aggressive wayextremely enthusiastic Often times things happen in our lives that we would all define as "Crazy". They are those moments in time when you look back on the events that transpired or you try to retell the… Continue reading Married and Replanting Episode 007: Crazy…I Was Crazy Once
Photo Credit: Unspash.com No matter what you do in life there are expectations. Sometimes those expectations are voiced and made clear and are easy to deal with. Other times, often times the more likely situation, those expectations are unvoiced and therefore go unmet. This week Dusty and Elizabeth discuss the various expectations that come along… Continue reading Episode 002: Expecting Expectations and How To Handle Them
What goes through a person's mind when they begin to contemplate taking a new job? There are generally any number of questions that rise up like: "What will be my schedule?" "How much will I be getting paid?" "What will be my roles and responsibilities?" Let me be honest with you, these are very similar… Continue reading Married and Replanting Episode 1: Where We Were and Where We Are Now