Abiding in Christ: Scotland Pastors' Wives Conference
The Scotland Pastors' Wives Conference was our first in-person event for pastor’s wives since restrictions lifted in Scotland and it was great to have 20 women come together in Edinburgh.
They heard from God’s word, asked questions of a panel of pastor’s wives, enjoyed time reflecting on God’s faithfulness, and looked forward to what might be in store.
Lesley Rogan travelled from Aviemore to Edinburgh - she came the furthest - and shared with me why it was worth prioritising the day.
Going to a pastors' wives conference can sometimes feel a bit like going to a bible study on a winters evening. It takes a bit of effort to get out of the door, but you know it’s going to be worth it, will keep you going in the fight of faith, and will be good for the soul! Well, the recent Scotland Pastors’ Wives Conference in Edinburgh was just that, just what I needed. The encouragement found in meeting people experiencing similar ups and downs in a role in life is priceless.
As a pastor’s wife, you can sometimes feel a little bit isolated. So, it was helpful to meet with other women interested in and full of encouraging wise words for one another, and to enjoy laughing, praying, and worshipping together.
What better way to be encouraged in our role than to be immersed in God’s word together. Jillian Ferguson (Yoker Evangelical Church, Glasgow) spoke from John 15, Abiding in Christ. She helpfully demonstrated that as a gardener carefully tends to and prunes his vine, the branches will bear fruit because that is what they are designed to do when they are part of the vine.
When we, as the branches are part of Jesus, the true vine, we will bear fruit!
The encouragement found in meeting people experiencing similar ups and downs in a role in life is priceless.
Practically, Jillian reminded us how we bear fruit: by knowing God’s word, keeping his commands, and loving as he loves sacrificially. She left us with the challenge of considering how you can abide more in the vine right now.
So, like that Bible study on a cold winters evening, it was well, well worth the effort.
If you are a pastor’s wife, let me encourage you to meet up with other pastors’ wives. Please get in contact with the Women's Ministry Team if you would like to be connected to a group in Scotland (there are three meeting already) or anywhere else in England and Wales.