Scottish Pastors Wives Enduring the Trials of Ministry

Scottish Pastors' Wives: Enduring the Trials of Ministry

Church ministry can bring joy but also difficulty. Pastors’ wives across Scotland met online to encourage one another to endure hard times in ministry.

Isolation. A word that is regularly heard in recent days; a negative word depicting loneliness and a big challenge to physical and mental wellbeing. Is isolation a word that you would use to describe the ministry life?

Being in ministry can bring many joys and encouragements but can also be challenging and downright hard. Some of the times when I’m most encouraged is when I’m speaking to others in a similar situation, with those who ‘get’ it.

For several years, pastors’ wives in Scotland have been meeting together once a year for teaching, fellowship, and prayer. Like many other things in the past year, we have moved online: the bonus of such meetings means no early morning train rides or having to go out on dark wet evenings; the downside is missing out on a tasty lunch together and the informal chat that is hard to do on Zoom!

On Friday the 29th of January, around 25 pastors’ wives from all over Scotland joined together to hear from Cara Bell as she shared in an interview her experience of enduring in ministry through physical suffering.

Then Miriam McConnell from Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, took us through James 1:1-12, using five Ps:

  • We should be prepared: trials in life are a certainty and shouldn’t come as a surprise.
  • We should also remember that these trials are not random but are part of God’s purpose for us.
  • In our trials we can pray for wisdom and God will give generously.
  • Prayer helps us to keep a godly perspective in our trials and not get bogged down in what is going on.
  • Finally, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

We have another online meeting planned for May and are also hoping to set up some local groups for pastors’ wives to meet and pray together more regularly. If this is something you would be interested in, please get in touch with Elinor Magowan via our contact form.

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